Agency Type: Police Department
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 7,791
Agency Size: 26 total - 22 sworn; 4 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): N/A
Grant Focus Area(s): Alcohol-related Crime; Firearm-related Crime; Technology
The Bloomfield, New Mexico, Police Department (BPD) has 22 sworn officers serving a population of over 7,700 individuals. Bloomfield is a city with a transient population, contributing to an increasingly violent crime rate within the community. Between 2016 and 2020, Bloomfield witnessed a dramatic rise in drive-by shootings, assaults, and sexual assaults. To address the ever-increasing incidents of violent crime, the BPD sought to enhance its investigation capacity.
The BPD assembled resources to create a Violent Crime Center (VCC). The VCC is a dedicated computer system equipped with cameras, antennas, monitors, and computer programs to provide access to daily crime reports, crime bulletins, crime trends, and data pertinent to violent crime, which would, in turn, help BPD present evidence to identify crime trends in real-time. With its VCC development, BPD will focus on the increasing rate of sexual assaults, gun violence, assaults, and alcohol-related crime in the community.