Albuquerque, NM: "Police tap technology to compensate for fewer officers"
According to Kevin Johnson of USA Today, "The city of Albuquerque, have taken the unusual step of sharing real-time investigative information with private business groups on interactive websites to help stop theft rings, locate violent crime suspects and track fugitives."
"The Albuquerque model...represents a significant break with law enforcement’s long tradition of walling off the public from information about developing investigations, Albuquerque Police Chief Raymond Schultz said. He said the networks help to make up for the loss of about 60 positions in the past 2½ years."
It's great to see that Albuquerque law-enforcement is leveraging technology But technology will not replicate the physical law-enforcement presence
Law-makers need to reassess and rethink their position on dismantling our already established institutions. This goes to the heart of the current political debate.
There is a cost associated with this endeavor. How much of this cost is being paid by business? Certainly this is not free. Current business models where the community waive all taxes is a losing proposition. Let's hope that as we move forward, business and government will collaborate in all endeavors for the benefit of both the community and businesses.
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