The agencies will notify the DA's office of serious repeat offenders so prosecutors can give the cases high priority.
Collaboration Between APD, FBI, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department And DA’s Office
Agencies To Share Info And Alert The DA’s Office
Law enforcement officials in Albuquerque said Tuesday that they have launched a new, multi-agency effort that will use data analysis and data sharing to identify and aggressively prosecute repeat criminal offenders.
The Analysis-Led Recidivism Team is a partnership between the Albuquerque Police Department, the FBI, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department and the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office. The effort will use a newly-hired analyst at APD’s Real Time Crime Center to identify serious repeat offenders based on their history of felony arrests, history of failing to show up for court appearances and the seriousness of their crimes, Mayor Richard Berry’s office said.
When one of the serious repeat offenders is arrested, the ALeRT team will immediately notify the DA’s office so that prosecutors can give the case a high priority and argue for stricter conditions of release, or for preventive detention, Berry’s office said.
The analysis process will include extensive background files for prosecutors so they can give judges a detailed explanation of an offender’s criminal history. The files will include information on prior arrests and convictions, as well as information of an offender’s history of failing to show up in court.
The system will also notify APD and BCSD officers the moment a warrant is issued for a repeat offender in the system.
“Bringing down crime and making our community safer is a priority of this office,” DA Raul Torrez said. “This data-driven approach and streamlined sharing of crucial information will aid in the effective prosecution of those causing a disproportionate amount of criminal activity in Bernalillo County.”
FBI Agent in Charge Terry Wade said cooperation between law enforcement agencies is “one of the best ways to tackle the threat of repeat offenders.”
Planning for the ALeRT effort has been underway since January, and its team members will meet once a week to discuss information about people who have been identified as serious repeat offenders. Those discussions will center around which offenders have upcoming court hearings, or outstanding warrants, and which ones have just been released from jail.
Berry said the ALeRT effort is a new approach that will target serious repeat offenders “who are committing a significant amount of crime.”
Crime rates have been soaring in Albuquerque in recent years, especially for property crime and auto theft.
Berry and APD Chief Gorden have blamed the crime wave on repeat offenders and on judges who let them out of jail after they’ve been arrested.