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Standard Operating Procedures

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

The following briefly describes each step of the policy development process:

Step 1 Policy Review, Analysis, and Revision; and Data Review: The policy owner, alongside Policy and Procedure (P&P) Unit personnel, edit and revise the policy draft by incorporating policy recommendations from internal stakeholders (e.g., Department personnel) and external stakeholders (e.g., community members and organizations). They align the policy draft with best practices and current laws, including federal, state, and local laws and case laws. They also ensure that the policy draft reflects what currently is practiced within the Department.

Step 2 Policy and Procedure Unit Meeting: The policy owner will present the policy draft at a regularly held, community-based Department P&P meeting.

Step 3 Fifteen (15) Day Commentary Period: P&P 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.

Step 4 Post-Fifteen (15) Day Commentary Period Revisions: The policy owner incorporates any meaningful feedback that they received during Step 3.

Step 5 Policy and Procedures Review Board (PPRB) Meeting: The policy owner will present the policy draft to the Department’s Policy and Procedures Review Board (PPRB) for the members to vote to approve the draft. If the PPRB 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.

Step 6 Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board (CPOAB) Thirty (30) Day Commentary Period: Once approved by the PPRB, P&P 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 draft.

Step 7 Review by the DOJ and Independent Monitor: P&P personnel work with the City’s Legal Department to submit all CASA-related policies to the Independent Monitor, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association (APOA) for a 15-day review period. Recommendations from DOJ and the Independent Monitor agreed to by the Department are incorporated into the policy draft.

Step 8 Chief of Police Review and Approval: Once a policy has been through each step in the process, P&P personnel provide the draft to the Chief of Police to be reviewed and approved.

Published and Implemented: After the Chief of Police approves the draft, P&P personnel publish the SOP and implement it Department-wide through its document management system, as well as publish the SOP on the Department’s public-facing website.

Archived: The SOP has been archived for one of several reasons, including, but not limited to, the unit, program, or procedure(s) the SOP governed no longer exists or the SOP was incorporated into an existing SOP

Please refer to the policy development process flowchart 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 Date Published/Archived Current Status
1-1 Personnel Code of Conduct (Formerly 1-04 and 1-4) June 9, 2021 Published
1-2 Social Media (Formerly 1-44 Social Media Policy) Sept. 10, 2021 Published
1-3 Grooming Standards (Formerly 1-16) Nov. 12, 2021 Published
1-4 Bias-Based Policing and/or Profiling (Formerly 1-03) April 18, 2022 Published
1-5 Harassment/Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (Formerly 1-12) Dec. 13, 2021 Published
1-6 Patrol Ride-Along (Currently 4-15) Jan. 14, 2016 Step 4
1-9 Compliance and Oversight Division (Currently 8-2) Aug. 29, 2018 Step 1
1-10 Peer Support Program Dec. 17, 2020 Step 2
1-12 Volunteer and Internship Programs (Formerly 1-45) Sept. 8, 2021 Published
1-13 Armed Robbery Unit (Formerly 5-3) Aug. 18, 2020 Step 5
1-14 Rapid Accountability Diversion (RAD) Program Aug. 13, 2021 Step 2
1-15 Air Support Unit (Formerly 5-2) April 7, 2021 Published
1-16 Auto Theft Unit (Formerly 3-08 and 5-11) March 3, 2022 Published
1-17 Aviation Division (Formerly 4-9) Aug. 13, 2021 Published
1-19 Shield Unit Nov. 19, 2021 Published
1-20 Behavioral Sciences Section (Formerly 1-11 and 1-14) May 6, 2022 Published
1-21 Bicycle Patrol (Formerly 3-7 and 4-14) Nov. 12, 2021 Published
1-22 Automated License Plate Reader Program (Formerly 2-89) Sept. 8, 2021 Published
1-25 Chaplain Unit March 3, 2022 Published
1-26 Special Victims Section (Formerly 5-4) April 12, 2022 Published
1-27 Cold Case Unit (Formerly 5-3) April 7, 2021 Step 1
1-28 Downtown Unit (DTU) (Formerly 4-3) May 9, 2022 Published
1-31 Court Services Unit (Formerly 2-06 and 8-14) Aug. 13, 2021 Published
1-34 Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) (Formerly 4-5) April 11, 2022 Published
1-35 Crime Scene Specialist (CSS) (Formerly 3-05 and 5-8) Sept. 8, 2021 Published
1-36 Officer Wellness Program Aug. 30, 2021 Published
1-37 Crisis Intervention Division and Program (Formerly 2-13 and 2-19) May 2, 2022 Published
1-39 DWI Section (Formerly 4-07 and 6-4) March 3, 2022 Published
1-41 Evidence Unit (Formerly 3-04 and 5-6) Sept. 16, 2019 Step 2
1-42 Bomb Squad (Formerly Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit) (Formerly 6-7) Feb. 16, 2022 Published
1-44 False Alarm Reduction Unit (Formerly 8-12) Aug. 13, 2021 Archived
1-45 Family Abuse & Stalking Training Team (FASTT) (Formerly 5-3) Jan. 21, 2022 Archived
1-46 Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) (Formerly 6-1-5) April 13, 2022 Published
1-48 Fiscal Division (Formerly 8-3) Oct. 6, 2006 Step 4
1-50 Gun Violence Reduction Unit April 21, 2021 Step 1
1-52 Office of Homeland Security (Currently 6-10) (Restricted) Step 1
1-53 Homicide Unit (Formerly 5-3) May 28, 2021 Published
1-54 Honor Guard Team (Formerly 4-2) Oct. 13, 2021 Published
1-56 Horse Mounted Unit (Formerly 6-12) April 9, 2021 Step 1
1-57 Identification/Disposition Unit (Formerly 3-03 and 5-7) Sept. 13, 2021 Published
1-58 Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Feb. 25, 2022 Published
1-59 Impact Teams (Formerly 4-1 and 4-4) Aug. 28, 2020 Step 5
1-60 Interagency Task Force Operations (Formerly 5-3) May 3, 2022 Published
1-61 Internal Affairs Force Division (IAFD) (Formerly 7-1) June 7, 2016 Step 7
1-62 Internal Affairs Professional Standards Division (IAPS) (Formerly 2-05 and 7-1) March 15, 2022 Published
1-64 K-9 Unit (Formerly 4-12 and 6-9) Nov. 8, 2019 Step 1
1-65 Metro Court Protection Unit (Formerly 6-6) March 11, 2020 Step 1
1-66 Missing Persons Unit (Formerly 5-3) May 7, 2020 Step 5
1-67 Multi-Agency Task Force (MATF) Feb. 18, 2022 Published
1-70 Open Space Section (Formerly 6-11) May 3, 2022 Published
1-71 Operations Reviews (OPS) (Formerly 4-1) March 10, 2016 Step 5
1-75 Planning Division (Formerly 1-03 and 8-1) Sept. 8, 2021 Published
1-78 Police Service Aide (Formerly 4-6) May 9, 2019 Step 5
1-80 Prisoner Transport Unit (PTU) (Formerly 6-5) Aug. 13, 2021 Published
1-81 Proactive Response Team (PRT) Dec. 2, 2021 Published
1-82 Property Crime Reporting Tech (PSAII) (Currently 4-8) Dec. 13, 2021 Archived
1-83 Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) (Formerly 5-9 & 5-10) Nov. 10, 2021 Published
1-84 Records Division (Formerly 8-4) Aug. 13, 2021 Published
1-85 Recruiting Unit (Currently 6-2) Feb. 25, 2022 Published
1-86 Report Review Sept. 23, 2021 Archived; Incorporated into SOP 2-111 Records Division Units
1-87 Scientific Evidence Division (Currently 5-5) Jan. 13, 2016 Step 5
1-88 Sex Crimes Unit (Formerly 5-3) April 12, 2022 Archived; Incorporated into SOP 1-26 Special Victims Section
1-90 Specials Investigations Division (Formerly 5-1) Oct. 17, 2017 Step 8
1-91 Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) (Currently 1-92) New Step 2
1-92 Specialized Tactical Units (Formerly 6-8) July 9, 2020 Step 7
1-93 Telephone Reporting Unit (TRU) (Formerly 2-02-8 and 8-11) Feb. 10, 2022 Published
1-94 Training Division (Currently 6-1) June 14, 2016 Step 7
1-95 Metro Traffic Division (Formerly 4-06 and 6-3) Nov. 19, 2021 Published
1-96 Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) (Currently 1-92) New Step 7

 

Procedural Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
2-1 Uniforms (Formerly 2-06) June 9, 2021 Published
2-2 Department Property (Formerly 3-75) March 11, 2022 Published
2-3 Firearms and Ammunition Authorization (Formerly 2-22) May 6, 2022 Published
2-4 Use of Respirators Nov. 10, 2021 Published
2-5 Department Vehicles (Formerly 1-19) Oct. 7, 2021 Published
2-6 Use of Emergency Warning Equipment (Formerly 2-56) March 29, 2022 Published
2-7 Damage to Civilian Property (Formerly 2-02) May 26, 2021 Published
2-8 Use of On-Body Recording Devices (Formerly 1-39) May 2, 2022 Published
2-9 Use of Computer Systems (Formerly 1-37) Dec. 06, 2021 Published
2-10 Use of Emergency Communications (Formerly 1-07 and 1-7) June 15, 2021 Published
2-11 Use of Tire Deflation Devices March 29, 2022 Published
2-12 Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) May 26, 2021 Published
2-13 StarChase Pursuit Management System Aug. 18, 2020 Published
2-14 Use of Cell-Site Simulator Technology June 15, 2021 Published
2-15 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) June 15, 2021 Published
2-16 Reports (Formerly 1-05) Jan. 12, 2022 Published
2-17 Offense/Incident Report Form (Formerly 2-10) Nov. 4, 2016 Step 1
2-18 Contact with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Speech Impaired Persons (Formerly 2-09) Dec. 16, 2019 Step 5
2-19 Response to Behavioral Health Issues May 3, 2022 Published
2-20 Hostage, Suicidal/Barricaded Individual(s), and Tactical Threat Assessment (Formerly 2-42) April 13, 2022 Published
2-21 Apparent Natural Death and Suicide (Formerly 3-22) Nov. 18, 2020 Published
2-22 Juvenile Delinquency (Formerly 2-34) Feb. 28, 2022 Published
2-23 Use of Canine Unit (Formerly 2-45) Jan. 10, 2019 Step 4
2-24 Hazardous Material Incident Response (Formerly 2-46) Feb. 10, 2022 Published
2-25 Bomb Threats and Bomb Emergencies (Formerly 1-28) July 17, 2020 Step 2
2-27 Rescue Task Force June 15, 2021 Archived
2-28 Flood Control Channel Action Plan (Formerly 3-20) Nov. 19, 2021 Published
2-29 Child Exploitation Detail (CED) (Currently 5-4) Jan. 10, 2022 Published
2-30 Emergency Command Post (ECP) (Formerly 1-30) Nov. 19, 2021 Published
2-31 Emergency Medical Services (Formerly 1-08) Jan. 20, 2021 Published
2-32 Exposure to Blood or Body Fluids (Formerly 1-40) May 7, 2021 Step 2
2-33 Rights and Safety of Onlookers (Formerly 1-31) Aug. 5, 2020 Step 1
2-34 Notification of Significant Events (Formerly 1-42) Jan. 10, 2018 Step 4
2-35 Emergency Response Team (ERT) (Formerly 2-29) Aug. 18, 2020 Step 7
2-36 Police Press Relations and Release of Police Identification Photographs (Formerly 1-13) April 21, 2021 Step 2
2-37 Meal Breaks (Formerly 2-4 and 4-16) May 21, 2021 Published
2-38 Daily Staffing and Briefings (Formerly 2-3 and 4-13) April 13, 2022 Published
2-39 Field Services Bureau Response to Demonstrations, Incidents, and Events Briefings (Formerly 4-21) April 18, 2022 Published
2-40 Misdemeanor Traffic and City Ordinance Enforcement (Formerly 2-18) April 9, 2019 Step 4
2-41 Traffic Stops (Formerly 2-47) March 11, 2022 Published
2-42 DWI Investigations and Revoked/Suspended License (Formerly 3-11) Nov. 14, 2019 Step 5
2-43 Roadblocks and Checkpoints Nov. 14, 2019 Step 5
2-44 Traffic and Roadway Services (Formerly 2-49) May 2, 2022 Published
2-45 Pursuit by Motor Vehicle (Formerly 2-55) Jan. 7, 2022 Published
2-46 Response to Traffic Crashes May 9, 2019 Step 5
2-47 Crashes Involving Police Vehicles (Formerly 1-18) Jan. 20, 2021 Published
2-48 Towing Services May 10, 2022 Published
2-49 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Inspections (Formerly 2-05) May 10, 2022 Published
2-50 Crash Review Board (Formerly Safety Review Board)(Formerly 3-66) March 2, 2021 Published
2-51 Safe Driver Award Program (Formerly 3-63) April 9, 2019 Step 5
2-52 Use of Force: General Jan. 11, 2020 Step 7
2-53 Use of Force: Definitions Jan. 11, 2020 Step 7
2-54 Use of Force: Intermediate Weapon Systems Jan. 11, 2020 Step 7
2-55 Use of Force: De-escalation Jan. 11, 2020 Step 7
2-56 Use of Force: Reporting by Department Personnel Jan. 11, 2020 Step 7
2-57 Use of Force: Review and Investigation by Department Personnel Jan. 11, 2020 Step 7
2-58 Force Review Board (Formerly 2-56 and 3-67) May 3, 2022 Published
2-59 Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Sept. 22, 2021 Step 2
2-60 Preliminary and Follow-Up Criminal Investigations (Formerly 2-24) June 29, 2016 Step 2
2-61 Gathering of Criminal Activity Information (Formerly 1-21) Sept. 30, 2019 Archived; Incorporated Into SOP 5-1 Special Investigations Division
2-62 Background Investigations (Formerly 1-06) Jan. 14, 2016 Step 1
2-63 Crime Stoppers Investigations (Formerly 1-24) Sept. 9, 2021 Published
2-64 Violence Intervention Program (VIP) Custom Notification Deliveries April 21, 2021 Step 2
2-65 Language Access Procedure April 15, 2021 Published
2-66 Victim and Witness Assistance (Formerly 2-25) Oct. 14, 2020 Published
2-67 Photographic Array / Field Identifications (Formerly 2-29) Oct. 14, 2020 Published
2-68 Interviews and Interrogations (Formerly 2-23) Nov. 18, 2020 Published
2-69 Informants (Formerly 2-04) May 21, 2021 Published
2-70 Execution of Search Warrants (Formerly 2-16) Oct. 6, 2021 Published
2-71 Search and Seizure Without a Warrant (Formerly 2-17) April 11, 2022 Published
2-72 Procedures for Serious Crimes Call-Outs (Formerly 2-28 and 2-91) Aug. 13, 2021 Published
2-73 Submission of Evidence, Confiscated Property and Found Items (Formerly 2-08) Oct. 25, 2017 Step 5
2-74 Submission of Cases to the District Attorney (Formerly 2-39) Jan. 15, 2016 Step 4
2-75 Request for Legal Opinions for the City Attorney July 13, 2021 Archived
2-76 Court (Formerly 2-01) Sept. 29, 2016 Step 4
2-78 Domestic Violence (Formerly 4-25) April 25, 2018 Step 8
2-79 Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program Nov. 16, 2021 Published
2-80 Arrests, Arrest Warrants, and Booking Procedures (Formerly 2-14) April 26, 2018 Step 5
2-81 Off-Duty Conduct: Power of Arrest (Formerly 2-15) Nov. 12, 2021 Published
2-82 Restraints and Transportation of Individuals (Formerly 2-19) April 11, 2022 Published
2-83 Hospital Procedures and Rules (Formerly 2-11) Sept. 29, 2016 Step 4
2-84 Body Cavity and Strip Searches (Formerly 2-20) Sept. 13, 2021 Published
2-85 Certificate for Evaluation Feb. 28, 2022 Published
2-86 Investigation of Property Crimes (Formerly 2-26) Nov. 22, 2019 Step 1
2-87 Graffiti Cases Dec. 13, 2021 Archived
2-88 Bait Car Program (Formerly 2-58) Nov. 22, 2019 Step 8
2-90 Background Investigations (Formerly 6-2) Feb. 28, 2022 Published
2-92 Crimes Against Children Investigations (Formerly 2-33) Nov. 2, 2021 Published
2-93 Child Abduction/Missing Child Investigations (Formerly 2-35) Jan. 21, 2022 Published
2-96 Clandestine Drug Laboratory and Indoor Marijuana Grow Investigations (Formerly 2-36) Jan. 10, 2018 Step 6
2-97 Harm Reduction Act Methadone Distribution Centers Sept. 13, 2021 Archived
2-98 Gunshot Detection Procedure July 26, 2021 Published
2-99 Naloxone Policy (Formerly 1-8) Nov. 19, 2021 Archived
2-100 Emergency Communications Center (ECC) Division (Currently 9-1) Aug. 13, 2007 Step 6
2-102 Shoplifting (Currently 4-22) Jan. 21, 2016 Published
2-103 Trespass Notification (Currently 4-23) Jan. 14, 2016 Step 5
2-104 Civil Disputes (Formerly 3-14 and 4-24) March 11, 2022 Published
2-105 Destruction/Capture of Animals (Formerly 3-5 and 4-26) March 26, 2022 Published
2-106 Lost and Found Government-Issued Identification Cards and Driver’s Licenses (Formerly 3-21 and 4-27) March 12, 2022 Published
2-107 Use of Crime Scene Specialist July 30, 2021 Published
2-108 Electronic Communications Privacy Act Procedures Sept. 22, 2021 Published
2-111 Records Division Units (Formerly 1-86, 8-5, 8-6, 8-7, 8-8, 8-9, 8-10, and 8-13) Aug. 13, 2021 Published
2-112 Violence Intervention Program Call-In (Gun Violence Demonstration Enforcement Action) Oct. 8, 2021 Published
2-113 Custom Notification Gun Buy-Back (CNGBB) Program Sept. 9, 2021 Published

 

Administrative Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
3-1 Dispatch and Radio Procedures Nov. 27, 2012 Step 6
3-6 Language Access Policy April 15, 2021 Published
3-7 Remote Work March 29, 2022 Published
3-10 Chief’s Authority and Responsibilities Aug. 5, 2019 Archived; Incorporated into SOP 3-11 Command Staff Responsibilities
3-11 Command Staff Responsibilities (Formerly 3-02 and 3-2) May 2, 2022 Published
3-12 Awards and Recognition April 9, 2021 Step 1
3-13 Officer’s Duties and Conduct June 17, 2021 Archived; Incorporated into SOP 1-1 Personnel Code of Conduct
3-14 Supervision (Formerly 3-9 and 3-18) Feb. 28, 2022 Published
3-15 Sworn Personnel Positions and Seniority (Formerly 3-11) Sept. 13, 2021 Published
3-16 Seniority Sept. 13, 2021 Archived; Incorporated into SOP 3-15 Sworn Personnel Positions and Seniority
3-17 Duty Assignments and Transfers (Formerly 3-55) Jan. 21, 2022 Published
3-20 Overtime, Compensatory Time, and Work Shift Designation (Formerly 1-11) Jan. 18, 2022 Published
3-21 Scheduled and Unscheduled Leave (Formerly 3-72) Aug. 24, 2019 Step 4
3-23 Retirement Observance (Formerly 3-61) Aug. 13, 2021 Published
3-24 In-the-line-of-duty Death Notification and Benefits (Formerly 3-30) Dec. 24, 2019 Step 5
3-25 Bid/ Transfers (Formerly 2-10 and 4-11) Dec. 11, 2019 Step 2
3-29 Issuance and Usage of Area Command Equipment (Formerly 2-7 and 4-12) Aug. 13, 2021 Published
3-30 Line Inspection Process (Formerly 3-42) March 16, 2020 Step 7
3-31 Physical Fitness Assessment (Formerly 3-83) Sept. 22, 2021 Published
3-32 Employee Work Plan/Performance Evaluations (Formerly 3-26) March 3, 2022 Published
3-33 Performance Evaluation and Management System (PEMS) (Formerly Early Intervention and Recognition System (EIRS)(Formerly 3-20 and 3-49) Sept. 9, 2021 Step 2
3-34 Training Committee March 6, 2019 Step 2
3-40 Civil Litigation Process Oct. 19, 2021 Published
3-41 Complaints Involving Department Personnel (Formerly 3-22 and 3-43) Oct. 19, 2021 Published
3-42 Criminal Investigation of Department Personnel (Formerly 2-30) Jan. 12, 2022 Published
3-43 Relief of Duty (Formerly 3-23 and 3-44) April 5, 2022 Published
3-44 Review of Completed Administrative Investigation Cases (Formerly 3-24 and 3-45) June 16, 2016 Step 2
3-45 Due Process Notification to Personnel April 5, 2022 Archived; Incorporated into SOP 3-43 Relief of Duty
3-46 Discipline System (Formerly 1-09) July 27, 2021 Published
3-47 Acceptance of Disciplinary Action and Right to Appeal Jan. 12, 2022 Published
3-50 Forms Control (Formerly 3-22 and 3-27) May 21, 2021 Step 2
3-51 Department Orders (Formerly 3-20) April 06, 2022 Published
3-52 Policy Development Process (Formerly 3-29 and 3-65) April 07, 2022 Published
3-76 Purchasing Guide Dec. 27, 2008 Step 3

These policies will be reviewed annually based on the published date.

Policy Development Process Flowchart

Policy Development Process Flowchart

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