Update: January 4, 2022 09:16 PM
Creation date: 04/01/2022 06:40 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – According to APD officials, their homicide unit currently has 11 detectives and two sergeants. A spokesman said they have five open spots.
2021 sets a new record for the deadliest year in Albuquerque. There were 110 murders – 114 victims. Police have dealt with 40 of those cases by 2021.
That means, so far, they’ve removed just over 36%. That’s the lowest clearance rate in a few years.
Last year, detectives worked anywhere from 9 to 15 cases. But because some of those are solved, the number of “active” cases for each detective varies.
“We also understand that they go through times where they get a lot of cases,” APD Police Chief Harold Medina said. “So there was a time when we caught all the detectives all over the city and we turned them on for a short period of time to help them catch up on orders, interviews or whatever. Others may delay these investigations. That was the first step we took. “
KOB 4 asked APD how many of those cases 2021 will handle this year. Officials said they would work to bring fresh perspectives to those cases. Medina said it is working on developing and expanding the cooler unit.
“We don’t want them to lose traction. We want someone to keep looking at them. I know the impact it has on the family. Earlier this year, we did the story of someone I knew growing up, 30 years later, we could solve that case,” said Medina. “I know the closures will bring to the families so we are still figuring out how they will be handed over and how they will be handled and by whom, what efforts will be put into them. . There must be a system that prioritizes those systems with the most solvable elements. “
APD officials say they have quite a few suspects in some of those 2021 cases.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/apd-36-of-2021-homicides-solved/6349356/?cat=500 APD: 36% of homicides solved in 2021