APD debuts The Daily 49 newscast

Posted at: 05/01/2013 9:29 PM
Updated at: 05/01/2013 10:26 PM
By: Nicole Brady, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Albuquerque Police Department recently starting its own newscast through the Real Time Crime Center, but it's only for the officers.

Officers watch it at their briefings; in fact, they can even watch the newscast – called The Daily 49 - in their cars.

A 10-49 is the police code for information, and that's what the newscast is - information for cops.

“People who might be wanted, we have mug shots, license plate numbers, car descriptions,” said Daily 49 supervisor Kevin Fuller.

Officers used to get those details from a commander, but now they get it all in a neatly edited four minute newscast.

And of course there can't be a newscast without an anchor.

Dustyn Deerman, a recent University of New Mexico graduate, got hired on as an administrative assistant in the Real Time Crime Center.

She said she didn't know it would lead to this.

“He needed a face for it, and I was here and said I was willing to,” Deerman said. “I'm working on my broadcast voice.”

Officer Mark Aragon, an officer turned photographer and editor says the newscast is also a tool to motivate officers on the streets.

“You're getting positive stories, you're getting information that you wouldn't normally get,” Aragon said.

Mixed in with the mug shots, the officers get a dose of good news too - maybe a ceremony they missed.

This three man news team is still learning.