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Standard Operating Procedures Manual

View the Albuquerque Police Department's Standard Operating Procedures Manual.

Policy Status: Definitions

  • Review / Commentary: No less than two days prior to the Office of Policy Analysis meeting through the Policy Procedures Review Board approval. View draft OPA policies.
  • In Approval Process - POB/IMT: Once approved by PPRB, both CASA and Non-CASA policy drafts are given to the Police Oversight Board (POB) for a 30-day review and recommendations. Then, 15 days after POB, all CASA related policies are sent to IMT (Monitors) for a 15-day review for recommendations. Per IMT, edits are made, and a resolution draft is sent back to the monitor for final approval.
  • In Approval Process: Refer to Policy Process Map illustration.

About SOP Numbering:

To ensure efficiency and accountability, the Albuquerque Police Department has restructured some Divisions to align with the Department's mission and vision. Our goal is to review all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure Department policies reflect best practices as well as our commitment to community policing. As a result, some SOPs will be renumbered. Below we have included the former number of the policy in parentheses to aid the community in locating the SOP they wish to review.

General Orders

Procedural Orders

Administrative Orders

General Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
1-1 * Personnel Code of Conduct Nov. 14, 2017  
1-2 Social Media Jan. 14, 2016 In Approval Process - POB/IMT
1-3 Grooming Standards/ Tattoo Standards Dec. 12, 2018  
1-4 Biased Based Policing/Profiling April 26, 2018  
1-5 Harassment/Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Jan. 14, 2016 In Approval Process - POB/IMT
1-6 Patrol Ride-Along (formerly 4-15) Jan. 14, 2016  
1-7 Internship Program (formerly 1-12) Feb. 4, 2016  
1-8 Reserve Officer Program (formerly 4-1) March 10, 2016  
1-9 Accountability and Oversight Division (formerly 1-32) New  
1-11 Advanced Training Unit (formerly 6-1) June 14, 2016  
1-12 Air Support Unit (formerly 5-2) Jan. 10, 2019  
1-13 Armed Robbery Unit (formerly 5-3) Oct. 17, 2017  
1-16 Auto Theft Unit (formerly 5-11) Dec. 14, 2015  Review/ Commentary
1-17 Aviation Division (formerly 4-9) July 16, 2017  
1-18 Backgrounds Unit New  
1-19 Basic Training (formerly 6-1) June 14, 2016  
1-20 Behavioral Sciences Section (formerly 1-11) New In Approval Process – POB/IMT
1-21 Bicycle Patrol (formerly 4-14) Jan 17, 2016  
1-24 Central Records Unit (formerly 8-6) March 23, 2016  
1-25 Chaplain Unit March 21, 2019  
1-26 Child Exploitation (CED) (formerly 5-4) New  
1-27 Cold Case Unit (formerly 5-3) Oct. 17, 2017  
1-28 Community Response Team (formerly 4-3) Jan. 10, 2018  
1-31 Court Services Unit (formerly 8-14) March 21, 2019  
1-32 Crime Analysis Unit (formerly 5-10) March, 3, 2005  
1-33 Crimes Against Children Unit (CACU) (formerly 5-4) Oct. 25, 2017  
1-34 Crime Prevention Section (formerly 4-5) Jan. 10, 2018  
1-35 Crime Scene Specialist (CSS) (formerly 5-8) Jan. 12, 2018 In Approval Process - POB/IMT
1-37 Crisis Intervention Section Program (formerly 2-19) April 4, 2019  
1-38 Data Entry Unit (formerly 8-5) Aug. 7, 2015  
1-39 DWI Section (formerly 6-4) Aug. 25, 2016  
1-40 Emergency Response Team (formerly 2-29) Oct. 6, 2017 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
1-41 Evidence Unit (formerly 5-6) Oct. 25, 2017 In Approval Process - POB/IMT
1-42 Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (formerly 6-7) July 20, 2017 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
1-44 False Alarm Reduction (formerly 8-12) April 9, 2019  
1-45 Family Abuse & Stalking Team (FAST) (formerly 5-3) Oct. 17, 2017  
1-46 Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) (formerly 6-1) New In Approval Process – POB/IMT
1-47 Firearms Training Unit (formerly 6-1) June 14, 2016  
1-48 Fiscal Division (formerly 8-3) Oct. 6, 2006  
1-52 Homeland Security Unit (Restricted) Unknown  
1-53 Homicide Unit (formerly 5-3) Oct. 17, 2017  
1-54 Honor Guard Unit (formerly 4-2) Jan. 13, 2016  Review/ Commentary
1-56 Horse Mounted Unit (formerly 6-12) Oct. 5, 2017  
1-57 Identification and Disposition Unit (formerly 5-7) Oct. 25, 2017 In Approval Process - POB/IMT
1-58 Imaging Unit (formerly 8-9) Jan. 14, 2016  
1-59 Impact (formerly 4-4) Sep. 6, 2017  Review/ Commentary 
1-60 Interagency Task Force Operations (formerly 5-3) Oct. 17, 2017  
1-61 Internal Affairs Force Division (IAFD) (formerly 7-1) New  Review/ Commentary
1-62 Internal Affairs Professional Standards Division (IAPS) (formerly 7-1) New  
1-63 Juvenile Section (formerly 5-4) Oct. 25, 2017  
1-64 K-9 Unit (formerly 6-9) Aug. 4, 2017 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
1-65 Metro Court Protection Unit (formerly 6-6) Aug. 25, 2016  Review/ Commentary 
1-66 Missing Persons Unit (formerly 5-3) Oct. 17, 2017  
1-67 Multi-Agency Task Force (MATF) New  
1-69 Officer Services Unit (formerly 8-8) Jan. 14, 2016  
1-70 Open Space Section (formerly 6-11) Oct. 5, 2017  
1-71 Operations Reviews (OPS) (formerly 4-1) March 10, 2016  
1-74 Peer Support Program (formerly 1-10) June 27, 2016  
1-75 Planning Division (formerly 8-1) Jan. 10, 2019  
1-76 Police and Community Together Team (PACT) (formerly 4-7) Dec. 27, 2016  Review/ Commentary
1-77 Police Information Unit (formerly 8-13) Jan. 14, 2016  
1-78 Police Service Aide (formerly 4-6) May 9, 2019  
1-79 Policy and Procedures New  
1-80 Prisoner Transport Unit (formerly 6-5) July 18, 2019  
1-81 Problem Response Team (PRT) New Review/Commentary
1-82 Property Crime Reporting Tech (PSAII) (formerly 4-8) March 29, 2017  
1-83 Real Time Crime Center (formerly 5-9) April 28, 2016  
1-84 Records Division (formerly 8-4) Aug. 7, 2017 Review/ Commentary 
1-85 Recruiting Unit (formerly 6-2) Aug. 31, 2017  
1-86 Report Review Unit (formerly 8-7) May 9, 2019  
1-87 Scientific Evidence Division (formerly 5-5) Jan. 13, 2016 In Approval Process - POB/IMT
1-88 Sex Crimes Unit (formerly 5-3) July 16, 2019  
1-90 Specials Investigations Division (formerly 5-1) Oct. 17, 2017  
1-92 Specialized Tactical Units (Restricted) (formerly 6-8) June 9, 2017 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
1-93 Telephone Reporting Unit (formerly 8-11) June 10, 2016  
1-94 Training Division (formerly 6-1) June 14, 2016  
1-95 Traffic Section (formerly 6-3) Aug. 25, 2016  Review/ Commentary 
1-96 Uniform Crime Reporting Unit (formerly 8-10) Jan. 18, 2016  

 

Procedural Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
2-1 * Uniforms Sept. 5, 2018  
2-2 Department Property Aug. 29, 2018  
2-3 Firearms and Ammunition Authorization June 2, 2016 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
2-4 Use of Respirators May 10, 2019  
2-5 Use of Police Vehicles Jan. 24, 2019  
2-6 Use of Emergency Warning Equipment March 6, 2019  
2-7 Damage to Civilian Property Oct. 5, 2018  
2-8 Use of On-Body Recording Devices June 2, 2017  
2-9 Use of Computer Systems Sept. 15, 2016  Review/ Commentary
2-10 Use of Emergency Communications March 10, 2016 In Approval Process - POB/IMT
2-11 Use of Tire Deflation Device July 24, 2018  
2-12 Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) July 23, 2018  
2-13 StarChase Pursuit Management System Sept. 24, 2018  
2-14 Use of Cell-Site Simulator Technology May 10, 2019  
2-15 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) New Review/ Commentary
2-16 Records Jan. 13, 2016  
2-17 Offense/Incident Report Form Nov. 4, 2016  
2-18 Contact with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Speech Impaired Persons Jan. 17, 2016 Review/ Commentary
2-19 * Response to Behavioral Health Issues April 4, 2019  
2-20 * Hostage, Suicidal/Barricaded Individual(s), and Tactical Threat Assessment Aug. 5, 2019  
2-21 Apparent Natural Death and Suicide Jan. 10, 2018  
2-22 Juvenile Delinquency July 18, 2016  
2-23 Use of Canine Unit Jan. 10, 2019  
2-24 Hazardous Material Incident Response Jan. 10, 2019  
2-25 Bomb Threats and Bomb Emergencies Jan. 10, 2019  
2-26 Event Application and Permit (formerly 4-20) Jan. 13, 2016  
2-27 Rescue Task Force Oct. 5, 2018  
2-28 Flood Control Action Plan (Code Raft) Jan. 10, 2018  
2-29 Response to First Amendment Assemblies and Demonstrations (formerly 4-21) Oct. 7, 2017  
2-30 Emergency Command Post Jan. 13, 2016 Review/ Commentary
2-31 Emergency Medical Services Jan. 10, 2018  
2-32 Exposure to Blood or Body Fluids Oct. 5, 2018  
2-33 Rights of Onlookers Jan. 13, 2016 Review / Commentary
2-34 Notification of Significant Events Jan. 10, 2018 Review/ Commentary
2-35 Daily Staffing and Briefings (formerly 4-13) Jan. 15, 2016  
2-36 Police Press Relations and Release of Police Identification Dec. 30, 2015 Review / Commentary
2-37 Meal Breaks (formerly 4-16) Jan. 13, 2016  
2-40 Misdemeanor Traffic and City Ordinance Enforcement April 9, 2019  
2-41 Traffic Stops April 9, 2019  
2-42 DWI Investigations and Revoked/Suspended License March 23, 2016 Review/ Commentary
2-43 Roadblocks and Checkpoints Jan. 17, 2016 Review/ Commentary
2-44 Traffic and Roadway Services March 21, 2019  
2-45 Pursuit by Motor Vehicle Sept. 6, 2017  
2-46 Response to Traffic Crashes May 9, 2019  
2-47 Crashes Involving Police Vehicles Dec. 30, 2015  
2-48 Towing and Wrecker Services Oct. 5, 2018  
2-49 Inspection of Motor Vehicles Dec. 13, 2017  Review/ Commentary
2-50 Safety Review Board Jan. 15, 2016  
2-51 Safe Driver Award Program April 9, 2019  
2-52 * Use of Force- General June 2, 2017 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
2-53 * Use of Force Definitions June 2, 2017 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
2-54 * Intermediate Weapons June 2, 2017 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
2-55 * Use of Force De-escalation June 2, 2017 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
2-56 * Use of Force Reporting by Department Personnel April 25, 2016 In Approval Process – POB/IMT
2-57 *Use of Force Review and Investigation by Department Personnel New In Approval Process – POB/IMT
2-58 *Force Review Board (formerly 2-56) New In Approval Process - POB/IMT
2-60 Preliminary and Follow-Up Criminal Investigations June 29, 2016  Review/ Commentary
2-61 Gathering of Criminal Activity Information Jan. 13, 2016 Review/ Commentary 
2-62 Background Investigations Jan. 14, 2016  
2-63 Crime Stoppers Investigations March 21, 2019  
2-64 Identification, Interviewing and Detention of Witnesses to Crime Jan. 27, 2016  Review/ Commentary
2-66 Victim/Witness Assistance Jan. 15, 2016  Review/ Commentary
2-67 Photographic Array / Field Identifications Jan. 15, 2016  Review/ Commentary
2-68 Interviews and Interrogations Jan. 17, 2016  Review/ Commentary 
2-69 Informants Jan. 17, 2016  
2-70 Execution of Search Warrants Jan. 10, 2019  
2-71 Search and Seizure Without a Warrant April 26, 2018  
2-72 Digital Photography and Imaging Jan. 10, 2018 Review/ Commentary
2-73 Submission of Evidence, Confiscated Property and Found Items Oct. 25, 2017 Review/ Commentary
2-74 Submission of Cases to the District Attorney Jan. 15, 2016  
2-75 Request for Legal Opinions from the City Attorney Jan. 10, 2018  
2-76 Court Sept. 29, 2016  
2-77 Forfeiture of Monies and Property Jan. 17, 2016  
2-78 Domestic Violence (formerly 4-25) April 25, 2018  
2-79 Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) New In Approval Process - POB/IMT
2-80 Arrests, Arrest Warrants, and Booking Procedures April 26, 2018  
2-81 Off-Duty Conduct: Power of Arrest Dec. 13, 2017  
2-82 Restraint and Transportation of Prisoners Oct. 25, 2017  
2-83 Hospital Procedures and Rules Feb. 29, 2016  
2-84 Body Cavity and Strip Searches Jan. 4, 2016  
2-86 Investigation of Property Crimes Dec. 21, 2015  Review/ Commentary
2-87 Graffiti Cases Jan. 17, 2016  
2-88 Bait Car Program Jan. 19, 2016  Review/ Commentary
2-89 Automated License Plate Reader Program Jan. 13, 2016  
2-91 Investigation of Violent Crimes Nov. 19, 2015  
2-92 Crimes Against Children Oct. 25, 2017  Review/ Commentary
2-93 Child Abduction/Missing Child Investigations July 12, 2016 Review/ Commentary 
2-94 Child Abuse Evaluators New  
2-96 Clandestine Drug Laboratory and Indoor Marijuana Grow Investigations Jan. 10, 2018  
2-97 Harm Reduction Act/Needle Exchange Program Jan. 17, 2016 In Approval Process - POB/IMT
2-99 Naloxone Policy (formerly 1-8) March 6, 2019  
2-102 Shoplifting (formerly 4-22) Jan. 21, 2016  
2-103 Trespass Notification (formerly 4-23) Jan. 14, 2016  
2-104 Civil Disputes (formerly 4-24) Jan. 14, 2016  
2-105 Destruction/ Capture of Animals (formerly 4-26) Jan. 14, 2016  
2-106 Lost and Found ID Cards and Driver's Licenses (formerly 4-27) Jan. 17, 2016  

 

Administrative Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
3-11 * Command Staff Responsibilities Sept. 6, 2017  Review/ Commentary
3-13 * Officer's Duties and Conduct Oct. 16, 2017  
3-14 * Supervisory Leadership June 29, 2016  
3-15 Sworn Personnel Positions Jan. 13, 2016 Review/ Commentary
3-16 Seniority Jan. 19, 2016 Review/ Commentary
3-17 Duty Assignments and Transfers Jan. 14, 2016 Review/ Commentary
3-20 Overtime, Compensatory Time, and Work Shift Designation March 10, 2016  
3-21 Scheduled and Unscheduled Leave Aug. 29, 2018  
3-23 Retirement Observance Jan. 15, 2016  Review/ Commentary
3-24 In-the-line-of-duty Death Notification and Benefits Jan. 15, 2016  Review/ Commentary
3-25 Bid/ Transfers (formerly 4-11) Jan. 15, 2016 Review/ Commentary
3-29 Issuance and Usage of Area Command Equipment (formerly 4-12) Jan. 10, 2018  
3-30 Inspections Process Jan. 17, 2016  
3-31 Physical Fitness Testing and Training Sept. 6, 2017 Review/ Commentary
3-32 * Employee Work Plan/Performance Evaluations Oct. 16, 2017  Review/ Commentary
3-33 * Performance Evaluation and Management System (PEMS) Oct. 11, 2017 In Approval Process - POB/IMT
3-34 Training Committee March 6, 2019  
3-35 Monthly Reports (formerly 4-10) Nov. 1, 2017  
3-40 Civil Litigation Process Jan. 15, 2016  
3-41 * Complaints Involving Department Policy or Personnel June 2, 2016  Review/ Commentary
3-42 Investigation of Police Personnel Dec. 29, 2016  
3-43 Relief of Duty Jan. 17, 2016  
3-44 * Review of Completed Administrative Investigation Cases June 16, 2016  
3-45 Due Process Notification to Personnel Jan. 15, 2016  
3-46 * Discipline System June 27, 2016  Review/ Commentary
3-47 Acceptance of Disciplinary Action and Right to Appeal Jan. 15, 2016  
3-50 Forms Control June 29, 2016  
3-51 * Department Orders Sept. 5, 2017  
3-52 * Policy Development Process April 24, 2018  

These policies will be reviewed annually based on the published date.

Policy Process Map Illustration

Image of OPA Development Process Map.

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