Police Oversight Board grills APD's top brass
July 12, 2018 10:19 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Police Oversight Board questioned the Albuquerque Police Department about the training detectives are receiving.
Thursday night’s questioning following concerns that APD mishandled several high profile cases, including the case involving a 7-year-old girl who was allegedly being prostituted by her parents. APD has also faced criticism for its handling of the Victoria Martens murder case.
“From the community's standpoint, we have an obligation to look at systems that are failing,” said Police Oversight Board member Joanne Fine.
APD Chief Mike Geier said detectives need more training, especially when they are interviewing people with mental health issues.
It's a lesson learned in the case of Michelle Martens. Prosecutors say she falsely implicated herself and another suspect in the death of her daughter.
“We're really kind of at fault for leading them on and not knowing that or understanding that process, that's the kind of new training that's out there that we have to look at,” said Chief Geier.
APD was also questioned about how detectives are selected. And Chief Geier made a stunning admission.
“In the past, I regret to say this, but sometimes if you're friends with someone that's served in units, you have an inside track,” Geier said.
APD promises that will change.
It’s created a workgroup that includes detectives, supervisors, and someone from the district attorney's office. They are tasked with coming up with advanced training and more hands-on testing to become a detective.
The Police Oversight Board will review the comments APD made Thursday night and decide whether they have any recommendations to improve the department. That process could take several weeks.
Updated: July 12, 2018 10:19 PM
Created: July 12, 2018 10:15 PM
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