The FBI has recognized six New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees for their efforts that significantly increased the number of law enforcement agencies in the state reporting into the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

"The Department of Public Safety's efforts will go a long way towards not only providing more accurate crime data to the public, but also assisting law enforcement departments with decisions where to spend their money on proactive measures to address crime," Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division said. "These employees, with the strong support of Secretary Jason Bowie and Deputy Secretary Benjamin Baker, demonstrated a high level of professionalism that will improve the safety of New Mexico's communities."

"Our nation, advocacy groups, lawmakers, and the public rely upon these statistics," said Secretary Bowie. "This highly motivated team demonstrated their commitment to doing everything in their power to fulfill this reporting mission. We remain focused on bringing the remaining 22 agencies into the fold."

The employees were recognized during a news conference at DPS on Friday (1/20/2023).

Law enforcement agencies nationwide voluntarily submit crime data to the FBI through NIBRS every year.

The FBI, as part of its mission, releases the results through the publication of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

In October 2021, when the FBI certified DPS as the NIBRS manager for New Mexico, only 23 law enforcement agencies were reporting data.

Since that date, DPS has pursued a strong messaging campaign and provided training resources urging NIBRS compliance of all law enforcement agencies in the state.

As of January 17, 2023, New Mexico had 74 law enforcement agencies reporting into NIBRS, with 20 more working with DPS to have their data certified.

Only 22 law enforcement agencies in the state are not reporting into NIBRS, and efforts are ongoing through training and technical assistance to get them online.

The current or former DPS employees who were recognized are: Jessica Rodarte, Lisa Hernandez, Amanda Macias, Jesus Lucio Jr., Herman Lovato, and Regina Chacon. (Ms. Chacon has left DPS for another state government agency.)

"I want to extend my gratitude and sincere appreciation to these employees and their leaders for a job well done," Bujanda said.

More information about the NIBRS program can be found at: https://www.fbi.gov/how-we-can-help-you/more-fbi-services-and-information/ucr/nibrs 

Content on the Beat

WARNING: All articles and photos with a byline or photo credit are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member. We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change, except for legal notices, which incur a small charge.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was written by someone not affiliated with the Beat and then sent to the Beat for posting.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists. And check out the old faithfuls who continue to provide content.

Newsletter: If you opt in to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option above this to the right, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Submitting to the Beat

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions. They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as for the editor.

Advertising: Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ads on the Beat.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds to a cheaper and shorter option. Check periodically to see if any new ones have popped up. The former software failed us, so it's just a category now, with prices posted. Send your information to editor@grantcountybeat.com and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Editor's Notes

It has come to this editor's attention that people are sending information to the Grant County Beat Facebook page. Please be aware that the editor does not regularly monitor the page. If you have items you want to send to the editor, please send them to editor@grantcountybeat.com. Thanks!

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News. Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.  The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised.