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For almost two years, the Albuquerque Police Department has released quarterly crime data, comparing year-to-date statistics against the previous year.
The stats were generally impressive, showing double-digit drops in almost every category each quarter.
But, on Friday, APD officials met with reporters and explained that they have since determined that the administration had been unintentionally releasing incomplete data all along. The meeting came a couple of weeks after APD disclosed that it had dramatically overstated the decrease in crimes across every category in its midyear briefing over the summer. Last week, the city announced it has hired a researcher to conduct an independent review of APD’s data systems.
Deputy chief of staff Elizabeth Armijo said they realized in the past couple of months that all the quarterly briefings had been comparing the previous year’s final numbers for each time period to the current year’s preliminary numbers.