Technology could help cops pre-evaluate scenes

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is looking at some new technology that would send important information to officers’ cellphones based on where they are through GPS.

Right now, officers get that information from people looking it up.

The City Council heard about this and The Real Time Crime Center at a meeting Monday night.

That center is a high tech area that APD created after the police shootings started a few years ago, some of which have involved the mentally ill.

It’s supposed to tell officers if people have mental health issues, restraining orders, or criminal histories before they get to a scene.

“Based on the what the officers are telling us and they’re calling us all the time, wanting help, wanting information – tells me that our information is being effective in helping them make the right decisions,” said T.J. Wilham, director of Real Time Crime Center.

Wilham says the program was used in about 10,000 last year.

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