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APD Shows Highest Level of Compliance in latest Reform Report

Recent Home-Grown Approach Showing Strong Results

May 11, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE – The independent monitor overseeing APD’s reform efforts credited the department for reaching the “highest levels of compliance ever achieved by APD” in its latest report filed in federal court.

APD achieved 100% primary compliance; 99% secondary compliance; and 70% operational compliance in the Independent Monitor’s 15th report to the court.

“This report indicates the bold changes that were taken last year to right the ship when it comes to reform, and now we are seeing meaningful results showing our city is committed to reform and the crime fighting process,” said Mayor Tim Keller.  “Going forward, we will continue to blend national best practices with what makes sense for Albuquerque and APD, carving our own path.”

APD Chief Harold Medina said the report illustrates the progress made during the last several months.

“When the Independent Monitor focuses on facts, it is obvious our hard work is showing results,” said Chief Harold Medina. “We have more work to do, but my hope is the DOJ recognizes we are headed toward full compliance and an end to the settlement agreement.”

The report specifically cited a “substantial increase in training effectiveness” during the most recent reporting period, from August 2021 through January 2022.

“Fully 99 percent of the CASA’s training requirements have been successfully met during the IMR-15 reporting period,” the report stated. “This indicates truly exceptional compliance levels for APD training functions during this reporting period.”

The Independent Monitor also credited the External Force Investigative Team, recommended by the DOJ and supported by APD, for improved investigations of use of force incidents.

In addition to conducting joint force investigations with APD’s Force Division, EFIT is working with APD to conduct more effective investigations, while creating efficiencies so cases can be completed on time.

U.S. District Court Judge James O. Browning is expected to hold a public hearing on the report in July.