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City provides update on APD compliance with DOJ agreement

City provides update on APD compliance with DOJ agreement

KOB.com Web Staff
June 11, 2018 12:49 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The City of Albuquerque is reporting progress in all areas of compliance with the Department of Justice’s Court Approved Settlement Agreement.

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According to city officials, the Albuquerque Police Department is developing a new streamlined use-of-force policy that was created with input from the community.

APD has also divided Internal Affairs into two sections in an effort to emphasize the priorities of the department: Internal Affairs – Force and Internal Affairs – Misconduct.

“Our administration is owning the responsibility of transforming law enforcement and creating a new APD,” Mayor Tim Keller said. “We instituted the most extensive restructuring of APD in recent history, so that every taxpayer dollar we invest in the Department will result in an institutional commitment to community policing.”

In a report to the court, APD also noted a backlog of use of force investigations that were over 120 days old or had not been closed.  In response, the department has defined and prioritized a review of the backlog and identified processes supervisors will have to follow when reviewing the investigations.

“We take seriously the monitor’s recommendations to address use-of-force reviews so we can understand the magnitude of past problems,” APD Chief Mike Geier said. “We want objectivity and consistency in use-of-force investigations to ensure we are holding officers to the standards required under Constitutional policing.”

The city’s budget for the next fiscal year includes $4.2 million to help fund changes made to meet requirements of the court agreement. The budget also includes money that will go toward additional resources for recruitment and officer retention.

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