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Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA)

Information about the Civilian Police Oversight Agency.


As of March 18, 2020 Mayor Keller has declared a Public Health Emergency for the City of Albuquerque due to the novel coronavirus.

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency is operating in a modified capacity and will be unable to hold in-person intakes, interviews, or meetings. Please utilize our website to file complaints or commendations by submitting your form on the link below.

If you would like to contact our office, please email us at [email protected]

Staff are still available as usual during business hours and will respond to e-mails per usual.

Apply Now: Join the CPOA Board

Are you interested in becoming a CPOA Board Member?

Police Complaints: What Happens Next?

  1. The complaint is assigned to a Civilian Police Oversight Agency investigator for a thorough independent investigation.
  2. The Civilian Police Oversight Agency Executive Director reviews the outcome of the investigation and recommends the discipline to be imposed, if any.
  3. The Board reviews the findings of the Executive Director for final recommendation to the Chief of Police.
  4. Chief of Police agrees or disagrees with the final recommendations. If disagrees, the Chief of Police has 30 days to submit a letter of explanation to the Board.

Department of Justice Settlement Agreement

Download the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement

Community Engagement Opportunities

Learn more about the CPOA Board Subcommittee meetings, contact our office for more information, or view Upcoming Meetings and Events.