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APD to face questions about how it trains detectives

Joshua Panas
July 11, 2018 06:36 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Police Oversight Board says it has questions about how APD selects and trains detectives and handles investigations. At a meeting Thursday, the board will question an APD commander in hopes of learning more and making recommendations.

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Civilian Police Oversight Agency Executive Director Ed Harness, Esq. says recent high-profile cases have the POB looking into the process.

“The board thinks it's important to examine the work product and as a side issue, whether or not there should be a specific detectives bureau as a promotional opportunity within the department,” Harness said.

Harness says when he asked APD to talk about it, the department agreed immediately and was conducive to having the discussion.

The board may make recommendations for APD policy changes based on what it finds.

“I think the board would like to see a specialized detective bureau so that investigations can be of a higher quality,” Harness said.

He says, for now, the meeting is a starting point to get answers and share them with New Mexicans.

“Tomorrow is the first step, to find out how the department conducts itself for the selection of these detectives and then the board will take a step back, examine best practices of the department's policies and probably make recommendations based upon that,” Harness said.

The meeting is at 5 p.m. Thursday in city council chambers. There will be time for public comment. The community can send questions to pob@cabq.gov.

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