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PUBLIC SAFETY SUCCESS STORY

A Game-Changer for Albuquerque Police Department’s Crime-Fighting Efforts

City
ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Population
561,008
Coverage Area
29.57 SQ. MI
Product Used
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Customer Since
2020

Albuquerque Chief of Police Harold Medina says that while ShotSpotter is currently being used in all area commands throughout the city, they hope to add more coverage in key areas. As Chief Medina explains, there is an interest in focusing on “educational facilities and making sure that we get immediate notifications if shots are being fired.”

The results observed in 2022, during ShotSpotter deployment in the city of Albuquerque.

1200+

Shooting scenes identified

179

Victims located

58

Suspects identified

Often, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) responds to calls for service where individuals are claiming they have shot in self-defense. With ShotSpotter, the APD can determine the sequence of events to see who shot first. They have credited ShotSpotter with providing precise information on the number of shots fired and where each shot came from. This information enables them to determine the validity of self- defense statements. “It’s helped us in a number of investigations,” says Chief Medina. In one the most significant incidents of 2022, ShotSpotter alerted APD to the scene of a double homicide. The data from the alert contained all the necessary details about the incidents to enable the officers to arrive at the precise location quickly and safely.

I think [ShotSpotter] still has a lot of potential and that as we move forward, we can definitely continue to use and even possibly grow the program...[It helps our officers] get resources out there at the beginning of a shooting, all the way through [to] securing a conviction... I think it runs a very wide range of successes for us.

Police Chief HAROLD MEDINA
Albuquerque Police Department
How ShotSpotter Benefits Albuquerque PD
SAVE LIVES
Every second matters for shooting victims. ShotSpotter ensures responders are notified quickly with an accurate location, allowing them to provide prompt medical care and save lives.
AUGMENTED PATROL
ShotSpotter alerts ensure that officers are sent directly to the location of the gunfire, regard- less of whether a 9-1-1 call has been made, so their time can be spent collecting evidence, speaking to witnesses, and rendering aid.
STRONGER COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Faster response times helps deter gun violence, building trust and improving the rela- tionship between the APD and the community.

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