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In efforts to combat a high rate of gun violence in the city, Albuquerque police announced plans Friday to create a Crime Gun Intelligence Center.
The center, which will be located in the police department’s crime lab, will have analysts and equipment that will test guns and bullet casings to learn their unique characteristics, such as markings on a bullet that has been fired from a particular gun. That information will go into a database that will allow police to connect guns and ammo to other crimes.
“We’re hoping that this, especially in cases where gang members are using guns, will help us link all those cases together so we can build bigger cases,” Deputy Chief Harold Medina said at the news conference.