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Proposed Updates to Police Oversight Ordinance

Information on the proposed updates Police Oversight Ordinance, O-21-78.

The Albuquerque Civilian Police Oversight logo in black text and a magnifying glass that is used for the "O" in "Oversight".

The Albuquerque City Council is currently reviewing proposed changes to the Police Oversight Ordinance with bill O-21-78. The bill is currently in front of the City Council for final action.


History of the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Office

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA) was established in 2014 after the City Council amended its Police Oversight Ordinance. As a result, the new Police Oversight Ordinance replaced the former Police Oversight Commission (POC) with the new Police Oversight Board (POB) and the former Independent Review Office (IRO) with the new Civilian Police Oversight Agency.

How the CPOA Works

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency is an independent agency of City Government, not part of either the City Administration or City Council that consists of a Police Oversight Board and an Administrative Office led by the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Executive Director.

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency receives, investigates and reviews complaints and commendations submitted by community members for/against the Albuquerque Police Department. The Civilian Police Oversight Agency also reviews Albuquerque Police Department policies, practices, and procedures, making recommendation to the Chief of Police.

For more information on the current Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA), visit their website:

Contact Information

Chris Sylvan, [email protected], 505-768-3105