Updated: 05/30/2014 7:27 PM |
Created: 05/30/2014 4:15 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has announced the establishment of six community policing councils aimed at building better community-police relationships amid protests.
Berry said Friday the goal of each council is "to engage in candid, detailed and meaningful dialogue" between Albuquerque police and residents over various problems.
He says the councils will be made up of community members who live within the boundaries of each area command.
The move comes as the city is negotiating with the U.S. Justice Department over reforms into Albuquerque police. The Justice Department recently faulted Albuquerque police over its use of force.
David Correia, a police critic and an American Studies professor at the University of New Mexico, says some advocates are upset they weren't consulted in helping draft how the councils would be created.
Those interested in participating should apply through the Mayor’s office by logging onto http://www.cabq.gov/cpc. Applications will be forwarded to the selection committees. The first CPC meetings are expected to begin in July.