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Police, Prosecutors Launch First-Ever Countywide Security Camera Mapping Initiative

New tool will improve investigation and prosecution of crimes.

July 31, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The City of Albuquerque and the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), are partnering to create the county’s first-ever security camera map, and are encouraging business owners and residents to provide information about their security cameras to assist officers and prosecutors with the investigation of crimes and prosecution of criminals in Bernalillo County. 

The mapping initiative is entitled SCAN, which stands for the “Security Camera Analytical Network.” With SCAN, business owners or residents who have working security cameras can add their security camera system to the map by clicking on the following link: cabq.gov/scan, which also appears on the main webpage of the City of Albuquerque and will soon appear on the ABQPolice Mobile App.  Sign-up is quick and easy, and entails providing the make and model of the camera system, the number of cameras at the business or residence, the resolution quality and retention schedule of the video that is captured, and contact information for the person who would be able to work with police to review video footage, if necessary, during the investigation of a crime. 

The new map will facilitate a more comprehensive investigation of a crime as the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) will search the network as calls for service come in and will be able to advise officers that there are cameras near their call prior to them arriving on scene.

“Public safety is about the whole community uniting against crime,” said Mayor Berry. “Ultimately, when we expand the amount of video evidence of criminal activities in our community and make accessing that evidence easier for our police and prosecutors, more offenders will be caught and punished, and our community will be safer.”

As businesses and individuals add their cameras, SCAN will identify the locations of the cameras on a map that will be available only to law enforcement officials and prosecutors.  With one click, they will be able to see contact information and pertinent details for each camera system.  Among numerous other benefits, SCAN will significantly reduce the time it currently takes police officers to identify potential working security cameras around crime scenes, track down the owners/operators of those cameras, and determine whether the additional footage can assist their investigation.  Additionally, SCAN will potentially help police and prosecutors tie suspects to other unsolved crimes and likely increase the quality and amount of video evidence used in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.     

“Participating businesses and residents can help us solve crimes and prosecute offenders by sharing data they are already collecting,” District Attorney Raúl Torrez said.

When businesses, specifically, choose to participate in SCAN, they will also have the opportunity to enroll their security camera system in a program started by APD in 2013 that allows the RTCC to remotely access business security cameras whenever there is a call for service near the business.  Participation in this program is voluntary, and business participants will be able to indicate on their sign-up form whether they are interested in talking with the RTCC about this option. There is no charge to connect to the RTCC. Currently, over 32 companies (or other private entities) in Bernalillo County have tied their security camera feeds directly into the RTCC. This includes all of the Blake’s Lotaburger restaurants in Bernalillo County, St. Pius X High School, and every 7-Eleven convenience store.  The partnerships have resulted in decreased crime at many participating business locations, as well as assisted in arresting several individuals. 

“This is an easy and important way for businesses all across our county to help our police and the District Attorney fight crime,” said Terri Cole, President and CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.  “When we partner with police and prosecutors by participating in SCAN, we’re supporting one another as well by making it easier for video evidence to be identified and used to take serious criminals off our streets.”

SCAN is a second tool or program launched in recent months as a result of earnest collaboration between the City, the District Attorney, and area law enforcement agencies on new strategies that use data and technology to better coordinate and improve crime-fighting efforts.  Launched in May, the Analysis-Led Recidivism Team (ALeRT) was formed to identify serious repeat offenders in our community, track them through the justice system, apprehend them when necessary, and aggressively prosecute their cases from start to finish.  ALeRT partners include APD, BCSO, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the D.A.’s Office. 

APD Chief Gorden Eden added, “This is another important tool for law enforcement to complete comprehensive investigations to hold those doing harm in our community accountable for their actions. By partnering with the community, the DA, and other law enforcement agencies, we are showing a united front against crime, utilizing every resource made available to us.”

“The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department is fully committed to this partnership and eager to move forward with the SCAN initiative.  The full mobilization of all citizens is truly the only method to finding real solutions to addressing crime rates and solving crime.  By involving and collaborating with community stakeholders, law enforcement is able to expand their resources and increase their ability to keep our community safe,” echoed Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

SCAN was principally developed by the RTCC, with the support of the Albuquerque Innovation Team (ABQ i-team). 

The ABQ i-team recently coordinated and led a delegation of New Mexico law enforcement, government, and business leaders to San Francisco for a series of meetings with the San Francisco D.A.’s Office about its Crime Strategies Unit and the tools it deploys daily to fight crime in a more efficient and intelligent manner.  The visit was co-hosted by the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, and in addition to identifying a security camera network as one important tool for tackling crime in our community, participants are already collaborating on the development of several other tools and initiatives to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal investigations and prosecutions in Bernalillo County.  

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