four Investigations: New calls for for transparency relating to Albuquerque’s information of gunshot discoveries

However, the data provided via APD were incomplete. There was no information on where the shots were discovered or whether they led to arrests.

In a letter provided by Shotspotter, the company said, in accordance with its contract with the agency, “Albuquerque Police are expressly prohibited from distributing or disclosing our data or records to anyone outside the agency.”

However, transparency advocates say that data created for a public authority should be made public.

“If public money goes into buying something for an agency, then that object, data, information belongs to the public. It is paid for in taxpayers’ money and that belongs to the taxpayer, ”said Melanie Majors, executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

“We don’t question what platform the information is on … the information belongs to the public,” said Majors.

The KOB 4 Investigates team recently raised the issue with APD Commander Lenny Nerbetski, who heads the Shotspotter Technology Deployment Department.

Nerbet: “Shotspotter actually owns the data. They own the data they collect and make it available to us. “

4 Investigator Nathan O’Neal: “I’m just kind of struggling with the idea that [Shotspotter] had all this data [APD] would have all of this data, but the public would not have access to it. ”

Nerbet: “These are their standard conditions. It’s the same with every customer you have out there. ”

However, the NMFOG leadership points to a 2019 court case that found that private companies working for a public agency were subject to the New Mexico Public Records Inspection Act.

“If it’s paid for in taxpayers’ money and the police have the files, they should be available to the public,” Majors said.

The KOB 4 Investigates team continues to urge the city to release any data originally requested. The city’s public order office has announced that it will be re-examining the matter.

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