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Mayor restructures Albuquerque Police Department Web Staff
December 08, 2017 05:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Mayor Tim Keller announced Friday he plans to streamline the Albuquerque Police Department.


Keller will eliminate the ranks of major and assistant chief. The goal is to get more officers into area commands. He also wants to reassign officers to address the use-of-force review backlog.

The mayor also plans to establish a Department of Justice compliance bureau and designate a deputy chief primarily focused on APD reforms.

Keller believes these changes will help improve community policing and ultimately fighting crime. He said he'll release more details on the plan next week.

"Making these changes is an immediate step towards reforming the department to support more officers in the field for community policing efforts while staying on top of Department of Justice improvements," Keller said.

Interim Police Chief Mike Geier said the changes will help with transparency and accountability.

"We need to ensure consistent expectations and maintain performance standards to improve our quality of service to the community," he said.

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