The FBI recognizes employees at the New Mexico Department of Public Safety for improving reporting of crime statistics

FBI Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division recognizes DPS staff for improving crime reporting. Courtesy/FBI

DPS employees were recognized for improving reporting of crime statistics. Courtesy/FBI

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The FBI has recognized six New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees for their efforts that have significantly increased the number of law enforcement agencies in the state reporting to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

“The Ministry of Public Security’s efforts will go a long way in not only providing the public with more accurate crime data, but also in helping law enforcement make decisions about where to spend their money on proactive crime-fighting measures,” the official said Special Agent Raul said Bujanda of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division. “These employees, with the strong support of Secretary of State Jason Bowie and Assistant Secretary of State Benjamin Baker, have demonstrated a high level of professionalism that will improve the safety of communities in New Mexico.”

“Our nation, stakeholders, legislators and the public rely on these statistics,” Secretary Bowie said. “This highly motivated team has demonstrated their commitment to doing everything in their power to fulfill this reporting mandate. We remain focused on bringing the remaining 22 agencies into the group.”

The employees were recognized during a press conference at DPS on Friday.

Law enforcement agencies across the country voluntarily submit crime data to the FBI through NIBRS each year.

The FBI, as part of its mission, publicizes the findings through the publication of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

In October 2021, when the FBI certified DPS as the NIBRS manager for New Mexico, only 23 law enforcement agencies were reporting data. Since that date, DPS has conducted a strong messaging campaign and provided training resources to urge all law enforcement agencies in the state to be NIBRS compliant.

As of January 17, 74 law enforcement agencies in New Mexico were reporting to NIBRS and 20 others were working with DPS to have their data certified. Only 22 law enforcement agencies in the state do not report to NIBRS and efforts are being made through training and technical assistance to bring them online.

The current or former DPS employees who received awards are: Jessica Rodarte, Lisa Hernandez, Amanda Macias, Jesus Lucio Jr., Herman Lovato and Regina Chacon. (Chacon left DPS for another state government agency.)

“I would like to express my gratitude and sincere appreciation to these employees and their leaders for a job well done,” said Bujanda.

More information on the NIBRS program can be found here here.