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New Mexico’s largest city adds detectives amid homicide jump

November 19, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest city is adding more homicide detectives as it nears a record number of killings seen in a year.

KOB-TV reports the Albuquerque Police Department is preparing to hire more homicide detectives after Mayor Tim Keller doubled the number when he took office in 2017.

The city of Albuquerque is two killings away from tying its deadliest year ever with 72 homicides.

FBI statistics show Albuquerque had a violent crime rate of 1,365 per 100,000 residents in 2018. The national rate was about 369 violent crimes per 100,000 residents that year.

Earlier this year, the country of Uruguay issued a warning to its citizens about traveling to Albuquerque.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com