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LVPD gets $2K in tech funds as part of court settlement

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Las Vegas Optic reports

In a recently released statement, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the Las Vegas Police Department is one of seven government agencies to get a share of a $220,000 settlement in a technology price-fixing case.

The LVPD received a check from Balderas for $28,029 for an electronic evidence management system. This will include software licenses, installation and unlimited training.

The department is joined by the Bloomfield Public Library, Central New Mexico Community College, Doña Ana County, Torrance County and the villages of Edgewood and Questa in being awarded technology funds from the settlement.
Balderas, a native of the Wagon Mound area, said the money will go toward technology proposals to better serve New Mexicans.

“Over $220,000 in settlement funds will be invested directly in technology projects around New Mexico from the Four Corners to the East Mountains, from northern New Mexico to our southern border,” Balderas said in the statement. “Investing in technology, especially in our rural communities, will improve the services provided to taxpayers and spur local innovation.”

In the suit, the dynamic random-access memory litigation stems from a multi-state lawsuit challenging price-fixing for DRAM that resulted in over-charging for DRAM-containing equipment like computers and printers.

The lawsuit alleged a conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain, and/or stabilize the prices of DRAM chips that allegedly resulted in overcharges to consumers and government purchasers of DRAM or products containing DRAM. DRAM is an electronic component that allows for storage and retrieval of electronic data.

New Mexico’s proposed cy pres distribution, approved by the court, represents its portions of the settlement for harm to local government entities and colleges. A previous settlement distribution was mailed to consumers who overpaid for DRAM-containing equipment.

Governmental entities were encouraged by the Office of the Attorney General to apply for a share of the settlement funds. The proposed projects were required to use leading edge technology and software to significantly impact and/or enable new and improved government operational capabilities.

The court-mandated division of approximately $220,000, in addition to LVPD’s money, was distributed in this way:

• $141,000 to political subdivisions.

• $82,000: colleges and universities.

• City of Bloomfield Public Library: $12,279.33 for updated equipment/cabling and Wi-Fi installation enabling the city library for optimal use of the existing fiber optic loop.

• Doña Ana County: $30,000 for development of a web application to handle the intake, processing and public dissemination of Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) requests.

• Torrance County: $42,525 for public access stations at customer service counters; implementation of online archival search program and marriage licensing software; and improvements to the emergency operations center CPU.

• Village of Edgewood: $12,000 for state-of-the-art equipment and wireless technology to provide free Wi-Fi in two public parks and a large open space.

• Village of Questa: $16,348.72 for website redesign for access to records information; public meeting software and equipment to provide more accurate and timely delivery of information.

• Central New Mexico Community College: $80,267 for Blockchain utilization and development; training up to ten Deep Dive Coding instructors; implement Production Blockchain services cloud or infrastructure architecture; provide a development and production environment for service to government agencies.