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Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA)

History of the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Office

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA) was established in 2014 after the City of Albuquerque amended its Police Oversight Ordinance. As a result, the new Police Oversight Ordinance replaced the former Police Oversight Commission (POC) with the new Police Oversight Board (POB) and the former Independent Review Office (IRO) with the new Civilian Police Oversight Agency.

How the CPOA Works

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency is an independent agency of City Government, not part of either the City Administration or City Council that consists of a Police Oversight Board and an Administrative Office led by the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Executive Director.

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency receives, investigates and reviews complaints and commendations submitted by community members for/against the Albuquerque Police Department. The Civilian Police Oversight Agency also reviews Albuquerque Police Department policies, practices, and procedures, making recommendation to the Chief of Police.