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Mayor Keller Provides Update on First-of-its-Kind Public Listening Process for Police Chief Search

Updates about the search for a police chief follow several listening sessions across the city.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Over the past several weeks, Mayor Tim Keller’s administration hosted seven listening sessions to bring city government to the community and receive public input on the search for a permanent police chief. It was the first-of-its-kind opportunity for community members to discuss priorities for police leadership with the five-member selection committee.

The feedback allowed the selection committee to make adjustments and remain responsive to the public. One of the factors discussed was the deadline for applications, which has been extended.

“As part of our efforts to bring city hall to the community, it was important to us to provide opportunities for the public to weigh in on the search for a permanent police chief,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “The main recommendation was to extend the application process; I heard the community and we have directed the search committee to extend the deadline. Additionally, the committee will make sure the applicant pool has capable, qualified leaders, and if needed will continue the search until we have that confidence.”

In order to continue tackling crime and implementing community policing, the police department needs steady leadership over the summer. Yesterday, 18 cadets graduated from the police academy and a new class of as many as 45 APD cadets will start in June.

“As we ramp up recruitment and get more qualified officers on board this summer, it’s critical for the department to have steady, capable leadership to guide our crime fighting and community policing efforts,” stated James Lewis, the Mayor’s Senior Advisor for Public Safety.

In addition to a public listening session last weekend, the search committee also took feedback through an online form and at 6 Community Policing Councils (CPCs) over the past month. The Councils are run by residents living in each of APD’s six Area Commands.

“Thank you to all of the folks from all walks of life and from every corner of our city who have participated,” continued Mayor Keller. “It will take all of us coming together to make our city safer.” 

Find more information here: https://www.cabq.gov/mayor/news/opportunities-to-provide-community-input-on-apd-chief-search