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Albuquerque police arrest suspects in 2021 murders

Last year, 2021, was a deadly year for Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Police Department is investigating 115 homicides from last year, including a missing persons case from Belen – it just stays open,” said APD Deputy Commander Kyle Hartsock. Of that number, only about 30% closed, which is a low number for the department. “We’ve seen a downward trend over the past two years, but we’re on our way to correct it now,” Hartsock said. “A lot of these things and programs that we’ve launched over the past few months are only taking shape specifically for homicide investigations , and we are seeing higher quality homicide cases being developed in-house by our detectives and with our crime lab and partners.” In the past two weeks, the department made several arrests in connection with murders. They attribute this to a handful of things, including overseeing detective’s daily tasks, adding certain milestones to a case, and more eyes tending to cases with a bit more of a group deciding which resources to use that one case needed. And then when we check it out with supervisors and people who’ve been doing this for a while, we pull the pieces off a little bit faster,” Hartsock said. But one thing that hampers the completion of homicide cases is the number of detectives. The number It’s fluctuating, but right now Hartsock said KOAT they have 11 to 12. The goal is 16 cases a year. We’ve been getting past that number for a couple of years, so it’s literally just too much,” Hartsock said. Researched this year the department six new homicides, three of which happened in about 24 hours.” This is absolutely devastating for a homicide detective because it doesn’t give our elementary school a lot of time and space to work that first line as far as they want . They can only work on it for a day or two. And just like that, they have to work on the next one. That’s not a good prescription. So we’re working on the prescriptions,” Hartsock said. The department also has attorneys for victims v on violent crime. This includes domestic violence, sex crimes and the families of murder victims. “We’ll arrange to meet in person if they want, or call whatever they want and let them know. They deserve that transparency,” Hartsock said. You can call 505-924-6028 to reach one of the department’s attorneys. You can also email them to [email protected]

Last year, 2021, was a deadly year for Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Police Department invests 115 homicides from last year, including a missing persons case from Belen.

“A murder case is never closed in the Albuquerque Police Department. It just never gets completed. Either we make an arrest, or the DA’s office decides, or it just stays open,” APD Assistant Commandant Kyle Hartsock said.

Of that number, only about 30% closed, which is a low number for the department.

“We’ve seen a downtrend over the past two years, but we’re on track to correct it now,” Hartsock said. “A lot of these things and programs that we’ve launched over the past few months are only taking shape specifically for homicide investigations, and we’re seeing higher quality homicide cases being developed internally by our detectives and with our crime lab and partner.”

In the past two weeks, the department made several homicide-related arrests. They attribute this to a handful of things, including overseeing detectives’ daily tasks, adding certain milestones to a case, and more eyes tending to cases.

“Rather than just one person now deciding that a resource is needed, it’s more of a group that decides what resources this case needs. Pull parts off a little faster,” Hartsock said.

But one thing that hinders the completion of murder cases is the number of detectives. The number fluctuates, but for now, Hartsock told KOAT they have 11-12. The goal is 16.

“The average homicide detective, the research done for city police departments in America, seems to get upwards of five or six new homicide cases a year. We’ve surpassed that number for a few years. That’s how it is. There are just too many,” Hartsock said.

This year, the department is investigating six new murders, three of which happened in approximately 24 hours.

“This is absolutely devastating for a homicide detective because it doesn’t give our elementary school a lot of time and space to work that first line as far as they want. You can only work on it for a day or two. And that’s the only way they have to work the next. This is not a good recipe. So we’re working on the recipes,” Hartsock said.

The department also has attorneys for victims of violent crime. It includes domestic violence, sex crimes and families of murder victims.

“We’ll arrange to meet in person if they want or call whatever they want and update them. They deserve that transparency,” Hartsock said.

You can call 505-924-6028 to reach one of the department’s attorneys. You can also email them to [email protected]

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