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Standard Operating Procedures

View the Albuquerque Police Department's Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

The following details describe the status of the policy while it goes through the policy development process:

  • Being Edited/Revised: The policy owner, alongside Office of Policy Analysis (OPA) personnel are editing/revising the policy by incorporating policy recommendations from internal stakeholders (e.g., Department personnel) and external stakeholders (e.g., community members and organizations). They are aligning the policy with best practices and current laws, including federal, state, and local laws and case laws. They are also ensuring the policy reflects what currently is practiced within the Department.
  • Presentation at OPA Meeting: The policy owner will present the draft policy at a regularly held, Department OPA meeting.
  • Commentary by Department Personnel: OPA personnel have made the draft available to all Department personnel through its document management system for a 15-day commentary period for staff to review the policy and give their feedback. The policy owner incorporates any meaningful feedback they received during this period.
  • Presentation to PPRB: The policy owner will present the draft to the Department’s Policy and Procedures Review Board (PPRB) for the members to vote to approve the draft. If the Board does not approve the draft, they will table it, in order for the policy owner to make revisions and to re-present the draft at a future PPRB meeting.
  • Commentary/Review by CPOAB or by APOA/DOJ/IMT: Once approved by the PPRB, OPA personnel submit both Court-Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) and non-CASA policy drafts to the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board (CPOAB) for a 30-day period to allow the members to provide their recommendations on the policy. Fifteen days after the CPOAB begins its review, OPA personnel work with the City’s Legal Department to submit all CASA-related policies to the Independent Monitoring Team (IMT or Monitors), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association (APOA) for a 15-day review period.
  • Chief of Police’s Approval Process: Once a policy has been through the various review and commentary periods, OPA personnel provide the draft to the Chief to be reviewed and approved.
  • Published: After the Chief approves the draft, OPA personnel publish the policy and implement it Department-wide through its document management system, as well as publish the policy on the City’s public-facing website. Scroll down to review the Department’s published SOPs.

Please refer to the policy development process map for an illustration of the process.

About SOP Numbering

To ensure efficiency and accountability, the Department has restructured some of its Divisions to align them with the Department's mission and vision, namely to follow through on its commitment to community policing. In this process, several SOPs have been renumbered, which is reflected in the list below. The list includes, if applicable, the policy’s old number in parentheses, and the current policy number, which should assist in locating the SOP.

General Orders

Procedural Orders

Administrative Orders

General Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
1-1 Personnel Code of Conduct Nov. 14, 2017 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
1-2 Social Media Sept. 5, 2019 Published
1-3 Grooming Standards Dec. 12, 2018 Being Edited/Revised
1-4 Biased Based Policing/Profiling April 26, 2018 Published
1-5 Harassment/Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Sept. 5, 2019 Published
1-6 Patrol Ride-Along (Currently 4-15) Jan. 14, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
1-9 Compliance and Oversight Division (Currently 8-2) Aug. 29, 2018 Being Edited/Revised
1-10 Peer Support Program June 27, 2016 Commentary/Review by APOA/DOJ/IMT
1-12 Internship Program (Formerly 1-45) Feb. 4, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
1-13 Armed Robbery Unit (Formerly 5-3) Aug. 18, 2020 Published
1-15 Air Support Unit (Currently 5-2) Jan. 10, 2018 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
1-16 Auto Theft Unit (Formerly 5-11) Nov. 22, 2019 Published
1-17 Aviation Division (Formerly 4-9) July 6, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
1-18 Backgrounds Unit Aug. 31, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
1-20 Behavioral Sciences Section (Formerly 1-11) Aug. 31, 2017 Commentary Review by APOA/DOJ/IMT
1-21 Bicycle Patrol (Formerly 4-14) Jan 17, 2016 Published
1-22 Automated License Plate Reader Program (Currently 2-89) Jan. 13, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
1-25 Chaplain Unit March 21, 2019 Being Edited/Revised
1-26 Special Victims Section (Currently 5-4) Oct. 25, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
1-27 Cold Case Unit (Formerly 5-3) Oct. 17, 2017 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
1-28 Community Response Team (Formerly 4-3) Jan. 10, 2018 Being Edited/Revised
1-31 Court Services Unit (Formerly 8-14) March 21, 2019 Published
1-33 Crimes Against Children Unit (CACU) (Formerly 5-4) Oct. 25, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
1-34 Crime Prevention Unit (Formerly 4-5) June 24, 2020 Published
1-35 Crime Scene Specialist (CSS) (Formerly 5-8) Sept. 16, 2019 Presentation to PPRB
1-37 Crisis Intervention Section Program (Formerly 2-19) April 4, 2019 Commentary/Review by APOA/DOJ/IMT
1-39 DWI Section (Formerly 6-4) Nov. 22, 2019 Published
1-41 Evidence Unit (Formerly 5-6) Sept. 16, 2019 Published
1-42 Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (Formerly 6-7) Nov. 8, 2019 Published
1-44 False Alarm Reduction (Formerly 8-12) April 9, 2019 Published
1-45 Family Abuse & Stalking Training Team (FASTT) (Formerly 5-3) Dec. 16, 2019 Published
1-46 Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) (Currently 6-1) June 14, 2015 Commentary/Review by APOA/DOJ/IMT
1-48 Fiscal Division (Formerly 8-3) Oct. 6, 2006 Being Edited/Revised
1-52 Office of Homeland Security (Currently 6-10) (Restricted) Being Edited/Revised
1-53 Homicide Unit (Currently 5-3) Oct. 17, 2017 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
1-54 Honor Guard Team (Formerly 4-2) Dec. 24, 2019 Published
1-56 Horse Mounted Unit (Currently 6-12) Oct. 5, 2017 Being Edited
1-57 Identification/Disposition Unit (Formerly 5-7) Sept. 16, 2019 Published
1-59 Impact Teams (Formerly 4-4) Aug. 28, 2020 Published
1-60 Interagency Task Force Operations (Formerly 5-3) Oct. 17, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
1-61 Internal Affairs Force Division (IAFD) (Formerly 7-1) June 7, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
1-62 Internal Affairs Professional Standards Division (IAPS) (Formerly 7-1) June 7, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
1-63 Juvenile Section (Formerly 5-4) Oct. 25, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
1-64 K-9 Unit (Formerly 6-9) Nov. 8, 2019 Being Edited/Revised
1-65 Metro Court Protection Unit (Formerly 6-6) March 11, 2020 Published
1-66 Missing Persons Unit (Formerly 5-3) May 7, 2020 Published
1-67 Multi-Agency Task Force (Currently 7-2 & 7-3) See SOP Being Edited/Revised
1-70 Open Space Section (Formerly 6-11) Oct. 5, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
1-71 Operations Reviews (OPS) (Formerly 4-1) March 10, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
1-72 Organized Crime Unit (Currently 5-1) Nov. 22, 2019 Presentation at OPA Meeting
1-75 Planning Division (Formerly 8-1) Jan. 10, 2019 Published
1-78 Police Service Aide (Formerly 4-6) May 9, 2019 Published
1-80 Prisoner Transport Unit (Formerly 6-5) July 18, 2019 Published
1-81 Proactive Response Team (PRT) New Commentary/Review by APOA/DOJ/IMT
1-82 Property Crime Reporting Tech (PSAII) (Currently 4-8) March 29, 2017 Published
1-83 Real Time Crime Center (Currently 5-9) April 28, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
1-84 Records Division (Currently 8-4) Aug. 7, 2015 Being Edited/Revised
1-85 Recruiting Unit (Currently 6-2) Aug. 31, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
1-87 Scientific Evidence Division (Currently 5-5) Jan. 13, 2016 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
1-88 Sex Crimes Unit (Formerly 5-3) July 16, 2019 Published
1-90 Specials Investigations Division (Formerly 5-1) Oct. 17, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
1-92 Specialized Tactical Units (Formerly 6-8) July 9, 2020 Published
1-93 Telephone Reporting Unit (Currently 8-11) June 10, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
1-94 Training Division (Currently 6-1) June 14, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
1-95 Traffic Section (Formerly 6-3) Dec. 24, 2019 Published

 

Procedural Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
2-1 Uniforms Sept. 5, 2018 Commentary by Department Personnel
2-2 Department Property Aug. 29, 2018 Published
2-3 Firearms and Ammunition Authorization June 17, 2020 Published
2-4 Use of Respirators May 10, 2019 Published
2-5 Use of Police Vehicles Jan. 24, 2019 Being Edited/Revised
2-6 Use of Emergency Warning Equipment March 6, 2019 Published
2-7 Damage to Civilian Property Oct. 5, 2018 Published
2-8 Use of On-Body Recording Devices Oct. 6, 2020 Published
2-9 Use of Computer Systems Dec. 16, 2019 Published
2-10 Use of Emergency Communications Sept. 5, 2019 Being Edited/Revised
2-11 Use of Tire Deflation Device July 24, 2018 Commentary/Review by APOA/DOJ/IMT
2-12 Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) July 23, 2018 Commentary/Review by APOA/DOJ/IMT
2-13 StarChase Pursuit Management System Aug. 18, 2020 Published
2-14 Use of Cell-Site Simulator Technology May 10, 2019 Published
2-15 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) Nov. 14, 2019 Published
2-16 Records Jan. 13, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
2-17 Offense/Incident Report Form Nov. 4, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
2-18 Contact with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Speech Impaired Persons Dec. 16, 2019 Published
2-19 Response to Behavioral Health Issues April 4, 2019 Commentary/Review by APOA/DOJ/IMT
2-20 Hostage, Suicidal/Barricaded Individual(s), and Tactical Threat Assessment Aug. 5, 2019 Being Edited/Revised
2-21 Apparent Natural Death and Suicide Nov. 18, 2020 Published
2-22 Juvenile Delinquency July 18, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
2-23 Use of Canine Unit Jan. 10, 2019 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
2-24 Hazardous Material Incident Response Jan. 10, 2019 Published
2-25 Bomb Threats and Bomb Emergencies July 17, 2020 Published
2-26 Event Application and Permit (Formerly 4-20) Jan. 13, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
2-27 Rescue Task Force Oct. 5, 2018 Published
2-28 Flood Control Action Plan (Code Raft) Jan. 10, 2018 Being Edited/Revised
2-30 Emergency Command Post Sept. 30, 2019 Published
2-31 Emergency Medical Services Jan. 10, 2018 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
2-32 Exposure to Blood or Body Fluids Oct. 5, 2018 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
2-33 Rights and Safety of Onlookers Aug. 5, 2020 Published
2-34 Notification of Significant Events Jan. 10, 2018 Commentary by Department Personnel
2-35 Emergency Response Team (ERT) (Formerly 2-29) Aug. 18, 2020 Published
2-36 Police Press Relations and Release of Police Identification Dec. 30, 2015 Being Edited/Revised
2-37 Meal Breaks (Currently 4-16) Jan. 13, 2016 Presentation at OPA Meeting
2-38 Daily Staffing and Briefings (Formerly 4-13) Oct. 7, 2020 Published
2-39 Response to First Amendment Assemblies and Demonstrations and to Unplanned Incidents (Currently 4-21) Oct. 7, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
2-40 Misdemeanor Traffic and City Ordinance Enforcement April 9, 2019 Published
2-41 Traffic Stops April 9, 2019 Published
2-42 DWI Investigations and Revoked/Suspended License Nov. 14, 2019 Published
2-43 Roadblocks and Checkpoints Nov. 14, 2019 Published
2-44 Traffic and Roadway Services March 21, 2019 Published
2-45 Pursuit by Motor Vehicle April 30, 2020 Published
2-46 Response to Traffic Crashes May 9, 2019 Published
2-47 Crashes Involving Police Vehicles Dec. 30, 2015 Being Edited/Revised
2-48 Towing and Wrecker Services Oct. 5, 2018 Being Edited/Revised
2-49 Inspection of Motor Vehicles Nov. 22, 2019 Published
2-50 Safety Review Board Jan. 15, 2016 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
2-51 Safe Driver Award Program April 9, 2019 Published
2-52 Use of Force- General Jan. 11, 2020 Being Edited/Revised
2-53 Use of Force Definitions Jan. 11, 2020 Being Edited/Revised
2-54 Intermediate Weapon Systems Jan. 11, 2020 Being Edited/Revised
2-55 Use of Force De-escalation Jan. 11, 2020 Being Edited/Revised
2-56 Use of Force Reporting by Department Personnel Jan. 11, 2020 Being Edited/Revised
2-57 Use of Force Review and Investigation by Department Personnel Jan. 11, 2020 Being Edited/Revised
2-58 Force Review Board (Formerly 2-56) Dec. 5, 2019 Being Edited/Revised
2-60 Preliminary and Follow-Up Criminal Investigations June 29, 2016 Commentary by Department Personnel
2-62 Background Investigations Jan. 14, 2016 Published
2-63 Crime Stoppers Investigations March 21, 2019 Published
2-66 Victim and Witness Assistance Oct. 14, 2020 Published
2-67 Photographic Array / Field Identifications Oct. 14, 2020 Published
2-68 Interviews and Interrogations Nov. 18, 2020 Published
2-69 Informants Jan. 17, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
2-70 Execution of Search Warrants Jan. 10, 2019 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
2-71 Search and Seizure Without a Warrant April 26, 2018 Being Edited/Revised
2-73 Submission of Evidence, Confiscated Property and Found Items Oct. 25, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
2-74 Submission of Cases to the District Attorney Jan. 15, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
2-75 Request for Legal Opinions from the City Attorney Jan. 10, 2018 Published
2-76 Court Sept. 29, 2016 Published
2-78 Domestic Violence (Formerly 4-25) April 25, 2018 Being Edited/Revised
2-79 Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Oct. 4, 2019 Published
2-80 Arrests, Arrest Warrants, and Booking Procedures April 26, 2018 Published
2-81 Off-Duty Conduct: Power of Arrest Dec. 13, 2017 Published
2-82 Restraint and Transportation of Prisoners May 1, 2020 Published
2-83 Hospital Procedures and Rules Sept. 29, 2016 Published
2-84 Body Cavity and Strip Searches Jan. 14, 2016 Commentary by Department Personnel
2-86 Investigation of Property Crimes Nov. 22, 2019 Published
2-87 Graffiti Cases Jan. 17, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
2-88 Bait Car Program Nov. 22, 2019 Being Edited/Revised
2-91 Investigation of Violent Crimes Nov. 19, 2015 Being Edited/Revised
2-92 Crimes Against Children Oct. 25, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
2-93 Child Abduction/Missing Child Investigations July 12, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
2-94 Child Abuse Evaluators New Being Edited/Revised
2-96 Clandestine Drug Laboratory and Indoor Marijuana Grow Investigations Jan. 10, 2018 Being Edited/Revised
2-97 Harm Reduction Act/Needle Exchange Program Sept. 30, 2019 Published
2-99 Naloxone Policy (Formerly 1-8) March 6, 2019 Published
2-100 Emergency Communications Center (ECC) Division (Currently 9-1) Dec. 19, 2019 Being Edited/Revised
2-102 Shoplifting (Currently 4-22) Jan. 21, 2016 Published
2-103 Trespass Notification (Formerly 4-23) Jan. 14, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
2-104 Civil Disputes (Currently 4-24) Jan. 14, 2016 Published
2-105 Destruction/ Capture of Animals (Currently  4-26) Jan. 14, 2016 Commentary by Department Personnel
2-106 Lost and Found ID Cards and Driver's Licenses (Currently 4-27) Jan. 17, 2016 Published
2-111 Records Division Units (Currently 1-86, 8-5, 8-6, 8-7, 8-8, 8-9, 8-10, and 8-13) See SOP Being Edited/Revised

 

Administrative Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
3-11 Command Staff Responsibilities Sept. 6, 2017 Presentation to PPRB
3-12 Awards and Recognition New Commentary by Department Personnel
3-13 Officer's Duties and Conduct Oct. 16, 2017 Commentary/Review by CPOAB
3-14 Supervisory Leadership June 29, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
3-15 Sworn Personnel Positions Dec. 11, 2019 Published
3-16 Seniority Sept. 30, 2019 Published
3-17 Duty Assignments and Transfers Dec. 11, 2019 Published
3-20 Overtime, Compensatory Time, and Work Shift Designation March 10, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
3-21 Scheduled and Unscheduled Leave Aug. 24, 2019 Published
3-23 Retirement Observance Jan. 15, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
3-24 In-the-line-of-duty Death Notification and Benefits Dec. 24, 2019 Published
3-25 Bid/ Transfers (Formerly 4-11) Dec. 11, 2019 Published
3-29 Issuance and Usage of Area Command Equipment (Currently 4-12) Jan. 10, 2018 Commentary by Department Personnel
3-30 Line Inspection Process March 16, 2020 Published
3-31 Physical Fitness Testing and Training Nov. 14, 2019 Published
3-32 Employee Work Plan/Performance Evaluations Jan. 22, 2020 Published
3-33 Early Intervention and Recognition Systems (EIRS) Evaluation Oct. 11, 2017 Chief Approved; Pending Publication
3-34 Training Committee March 6, 2019 Published
3-35 Monthly Reports (Currently 4-10) Nov. 1, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
3-40 Civil Litigation Process Jan. 15, 2016 Published
3-41 Complaints Involving Department Policy or Personnel (Formerly 3-22) June 2, 2016 Commentary by Department Personnel
3-42 Investigation of Police Personnel Dec. 29, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
3-43 Relief of Duty Jan. 17, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
3-44 Review of Completed Administrative Investigation Cases June 16, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
3-45 Due Process Notification to Personnel Jan. 15, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
3-46 Discipline System June 27, 2016 Commentary by Department Personnel
3-47 Acceptance of Disciplinary Action and Right to Appeal Jan. 15, 2016 Being Edited/Revised
3-50 Forms Control June 29, 2016 Published
3-51 Department Orders Sept. 5, 2017 Being Edited/Revised
3-52 Policy Development Process April 24, 2018 Being Edited/Revised

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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