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Give Input Regarding APD Reforms

The Department of Justice is seeking community input regarding reforms for the Albuquerque Police Department

April 17, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE – The Department of Justice issued findings that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force, including deadly force, on April 10, 2014.  The City of Albuquerque has agreed to enter into negotiations to reach agreement on a blueprint for reform.

Provide Your Input

Valuable Perspective

Any agreement reached must the concerns and ideas of all communities that make up the City.  Over the next few weeks, the Department of Justice will gather insight and recommendations from:

  • community stakeholders,
  • police officers, and
  • police and city officials

Among the issues DOJ will take into account are:

  • constitutional requirements,
  • community confidence and community oversight,
  • officer safety, and
  • public safety.

Ultimately, like all police departments engaged in effective and constitutional policing, APD will function best when it does so in collaboration with the Albuquerque community.

Community Meetings April 28th

DOJ currently is organizing meetings to take place in Albuquerque during the week of April 28thDOJ representatives will meet with individuals and organizations who broadly represent the community’s concerns, including advocacy organizations, civic groups, City officials, victims, and police officers and their union. The purpose of these meetings will be to collect the wisdom of those who know APD better than we ever could and to use that wisdom to strengthen the many reforms that are needed.

View the Full Report

DOJ’s full report on its investigation of APD and other related information can be found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/APD.html and http://justice.gov/crt/about/spl/findsettle.php. For more information about DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, please visit www.justice.gov/crt/.

Contact:

Elizabeth Martinez

Counsel to the U.S. Attorney

Public Affairs Officer

[email protected]

505-224-1469

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