Monthly Progress Update: Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
The Albuquerque Police Department and the City’s Community Policing councils completed a series of open dialogue meetings to update the public on the Department’s progress and answer questions concerning the Court Approved Settlement Agreement.
Meetings were held in during the month of August and in each of the City’s six area commands. They were hosted in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Community Policing Councils which are open to the public and address a myriad of community policing topics and concerns.
Topics discussed during briefings:
- 37 New Policies Approve and Implemented
- Use of Force
- Supervisory Use of Force
- On Body Camera
- Response to First Amendment Assemblies
- Tactical (SWAT)
- Hostage, Suicidal and Barricaded Subjects
- New Policy Development Process
- New Opportunity for Public Comment on Policies
- New Training Implemented and Completed
- Crisis Intervention Training (40 hours)
- New Use of Force – Scenario and critical thinking based
- New Supervisory Use of Force Training (Main concern of Monitor’s third report)
- Problem and Community Oriented Policing
- Role of Community Policing Councils – To solicit public feedback and create change
- Future Goals
- Reaching Operational Compliance
More than 200 people attended the briefings and engaged in candid conversation. Topics of concern included recruitment and retention of officers, timing of the Monitor’s reports and how the overall process works. The Albuquerque Police Department will host city-wide briefings on a semi-annual basis and begin issuing a monthly update concerning progress related to the Settlement Agreement.