The FBI and Department of Public Safety are improving crime reporting in New Mexico

It’s an issue that local communities across the state are concerned about: crime. New Mexico is known for having one of the highest crime rates in the country. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Incident-Based Reporting System — or NIBRS — helps report this data when a crime occurs. For a time, however, a minority of New Mexico law enforcement actually reported to the site. “We and the New Mexico Dept. of Public Safety were not only concerned, we did something about it,” said Raul Bujanda, special agent in charge for the FBI’s Albuquerque division. In Santa Fe at the New Mexico DPS headquarters, members of the FBI and New Mexico DPS announced improvements when it comes to reporting crime statistics in the state. Jessica Rodarte is a Technical Support Associate at DPS. She and her colleagues have been recognized for their work on this development. They see many different elements to start fighting crime,” Rodarte said. Public Safety Department officials say there are three categories of data by which data can be organized: Crimes against people Crimes against property Crimes against society Rodarte said this helps police, investigators and policymakers identify crime trends. To provide context to give: In October 2021, when the FBI certified DPS as New Mexico’s NIBRS manager, only 23 agencies were reporting data. As of January 17, 2023, 74 law enforcement agencies in New Mexico are affiliated with NIBRS and 20 others are working with DPS to certify their data. There are a total of 128 law enforcement agencies in New Mexico. Bujanda said there is still work to be done in order for every agency in the state to report in NIBRS,” Bujanda said. New Mexico DPS Secretary Jason Bowie echoed that message in a press release, saying, “Our nation, stakeholders, legislators and the public rely on these statistics. “Something like this really shows the work that the men and women are doing here at the Department of Public Safety,” Rodarte said. According to Bujanda, such an improvement in NIBRS will help improve the safety of New Mexico communities while providing the public with more accurate crime data. The special agent added that this “helps law enforcement make decisions about where to spend their money on proactive crime-fighting efforts.”

It’s an issue that local communities across the state are concerned about: crime.

New Mexico is known to have one of the highest crime rates in the country.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Incident-Based Reporting System — or NIBRS — helps report this data when a crime occurs. For a time, however, a minority of New Mexico law enforcement actually reported to the site.

“We and the New Mexico Dept. of Public Safety were not only concerned, we did something about it,” said Raul Bujanda, the FBI’s Albuquerque Division special agent in charge.

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In Santa Fe at the New Mexico DPS headquarters, members of the FBI and New Mexico DPS announced improvements in reporting of crime statistics in the state.

Jessica Rodarte is a Technical Support Associate at DPS. She and her colleagues were recognized for their work on this development.

“It gives you perspective in many different elements to start fighting crime,” Rodarte said.

Public Safety Department officials say there are three categories in which data can be organized:

  • crimes against persons
  • crimes against property
  • crimes against society

Rodarte said this helps police, investigators and policymakers spot trends in crime.

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To provide some context, in October 2021, when the FBI certified DPS as New Mexico’s NIBRS manager, only 23 agencies were reporting data.

As of January 17, 2023, 74 law enforcement agencies in New Mexico are affiliated with NIBRS and 20 others are working with DPS to certify their data. There are a total of 128 law enforcement agencies in New Mexico.

Bujanda said there is still work to be done for every agency in the state to report.

“The bottom line is that there are only 22 agencies that haven’t made any reports yet and we are reaching out to them so they can get the certification process and start reporting to NIBRS,” Bujanda said.

New Mexico DPS Secretary Jason Bowie echoed that message in a press release, saying, “Our nation, stakeholders, legislators and the public rely on these statistics.

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“Something like this really shows the work that the men and women are doing here at the Department of Public Safety,” Rodarte said.

According to Bujanda, such an improvement in NIBRS will help improve the safety of New Mexico communities while providing the public with more accurate crime data.

The special agent added that this “helps law enforcement make decisions about where to spend their money on proactive crime-fighting efforts.”

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