Created: 04/16/2014 5:38 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Albuquerque's police chief Gorden Eden says crisis intervention training has begun for all of the department's officers.
Just days before the Department of Justice released its investigation into APD, Eden announced all officers would get crisis intervention training. Presently, only 27 percent of officers get the 40-hour training.
The DOJ found APD used excessive force, and investigators said part of the problem was officers from the crisis intervention team are not used enough.
Chief Eden argues these certified officers are used, but he said the need is overwhelming.
Eden said the department gets up to 35 police calls a day that involve dealing with people who have a mental illness.
Chief Eden said it'll take about 18 months to certify all of their officers in CIT, and it'll cost the city.
The city's chief administrative officer, Rob Perry, said each crisis intervention training class will consist of 35 officers, and each class will cost $25,000.
More than 600 officers still need the training, which will add up to a total cost of about $425,000.
Perry said this is money well spent for both the officers and the community.