Updated: 07/24/2014 1:50 PM |
Created: 07/24/2014 1:14 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
The Department of Justice has signed a joint statement of principles with the City of Albuquerque, which outlines areas of reform for the Albuquerque Police Department.
According to the statement, the goal is to reach a court-enforceable agreement that will be overseen by an independent monitor.
The statement includes several areas the DOJ and city will pursue when reforming the Police Department: Use of force policies; interactions with individuals with mental illness and other disabilities; tactical units; training; internal investigations and civilian complaints; management and supervision; recruitment and selection of officers and community engagement and oversight.
Both the DOJ and the city say the agreement will also include multiple mechanisms that will facilitate the participation of community members in the reform process.
Following an extensive investigation, the Justice Department announced in April that they had found reasonable cause to believe APD engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including unreasonable deadly force.
"This agreement marks an important step forward in addressing the unreasonable use of deadly force uncovered in our investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "...As a result of our ongoing action, I am confident that the Albuquerque Police Department will be able to correct troubling practices, restore public trust, and better protect its citizens against all threats and dangers – while providing the model of professionalism and fairness all Americans deserve."
Albuquerque residents are encouraged to submit recommendations or other information related to reforms to the APD community hotline at 1-855-544-5134 and the APD community email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.