Requirements to Serve as a Council Member

Information about serving as a Community Police Council Member.

Membership: Apply Today

Apply to become a Council member.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Community Police Councils and the processes of creating recommendations, no matter their backgrounds, residence within the city, or previous criminal records. It is vital that these councils represent many different perspectives within our communities and reflect diverse cross-sections of our City. If you feel that you may be interested in serving on your Albuquerque Community Policing Council, please peruse the information attached below as well as on the rest of the page to get a better idea of our mission, projects, and supplementary information. Thank you.

Click here to view Community Policing Council Welcome Packet


About CPC Members

Council Members: Members who take final voting action on policy issues and recommendations brought forth from the members and through public participation. The number of council members differs between each council based on their own determinations. It is commonly around eleven.

Members: Everyone in attendance is considered by the independent councils, the City and Albuquerque Police Department as members.

Requirements to Become a Council Member

Per our Settlement Agreement (Paragraph 267 - Page 81)

  • Moving forward, the CPA will not be required, but recommended. This requires an amendment to the Court-Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA), and until that is done the agreement to suspend the requirement will remain in place. 

Ride-alongs are not required but recommended.

Background Checks (which are required for ride-alongs)

  • Not required - However, if one chooses to conduct a ride-along, a background check will be conducted.
  • Criminal history – a criminal history will not exclude a person from serving on a CPC. However, current active felon warrants or criminal charges will disqualify a person from membership.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must pass a background check
  • Cannot have any current warrants
  • Cannot have any felony convictions (Applicant may appeal to the Chief of Police)
  • Cannot have any misdemeanor or DWI arrest within the last 3 years prior to application date
  • An excessive pattern of criminal history may be a disqualifier 

It is vital to note that even individuals who may not pass the background check requirements are still highly encouraged to attend CPC meetings and make suggestions and formal recommendations to the boards. They are also encouraged to actively participate in all steps of the recommendation process, except for the final vote.

Council Member Selections

How are Council members selected?

Council Members are asked to submit a written (provided at each monthly meeting) or online application. The applications are then passed on to the Chairperson for the applicant’s councils. Original council members were selected by an independent task force established by the Mayor’s office, but now the independent, established council members interview, vet, and select new council members.

This helps ensure the process is community-based and impartial.