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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 Step 7
1-2 Social Media (Formerly 1-44 Social Media Policy) Sept. 10, 2021 Step 2
1-3 Grooming Standards (Formerly 1-16) Nov. 12, 2021 Step 1
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 Step 1
1-6 Patrol Ride-Along Program (Formerly 4-15) June 28, 2022 Published
1-9 Compliance and Oversight Division (Currently 8-2) Aug. 29, 2018 Step 7
1-10 Peer Support Program Dec. 17, 2020 Step 7
1-12 Volunteer and Internship Programs (Formerly 1-45) Sept. 8, 2021 Step 2
1-13 Armed Robbery Unit (Formerly 5-3) June 27, 2022 Published
1-14 Rapid Accountability Diversion (RAD) Program Aug. 13, 2021 Step 4
1-15 Air Support Unit (Formerly 5-2) April 7, 2021 Step 4
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 Step 5
1-19 Shield Unit Nov. 19, 2021 Step 4
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 Step 1
1-22 Automated License Plate Reader Program (Formerly 2-89) Sept. 8, 2021 Step 1
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 5
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 Step 2
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 Step 1
1-36 Department Personnel Wellness Program Aug. 30, 2021 Step 4
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) Oct. 21, 2022 Published
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) May 31, 2022 Published
1-48 Fiscal Division (Formerly 8-3) Aug. 3, 2022 Published
1-50 Gun Violence Reduction Unit April 21, 2021 Step 7
1-52 Homeland Security Unit (Formerly 4-11) Sept. 1, 2022 Published
1-53 Homicide Unit (Formerly 5-3) May 28, 2021 Step 7
1-54 Honor Guard Team (Formerly 4-2) Oct. 13, 2021 Step 5
1-56 Horse Mounted Unit (Formerly 6-12) Nov. 29, 2022 Published
1-57 Identification/Disposition Unit (Formerly 3-03 and 5-7) Sept. 13, 2021 Step 2
1-58 Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Feb. 25, 2022 Step 4
1-59 Impact Teams (Formerly 4-1 and 4-4) Nov. 21, 2022 Published
1-60 Interagency Task Force Operations (Formerly 5-3) May 3, 2022 Published
1-61 Internal Affairs Force Division (IAFD) (Formerly 7-2 and 7-3) Aug. 24, 2022 Published
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 2
1-65 Metro Court Protection Unit (Formerly 6-6) Oct. 17, 2022 Published
1-66 Missing Persons Unit (Formerly 5-3) June 28, 2022 Published
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 Review Section (Formerly 4-1) June 10, 2022 Published
1-75 Planning Division (Formerly 1-03 and 8-1) Sept. 8, 2021 Step 1
1-78 Police Service Aide (PSA) Program (Formerly 4-6) July 29, 2022 Published
1-80 Prisoner Transport Unit (PTU) (Formerly 6-5) Aug. 13, 2021 Step 6
1-81 Proactive Response Team (PRT) Dec. 2, 2021 Step 3
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 Step 1
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 (Formerly 5-5) July 20, 2022 Published
1-88 Sex Crimes Unit (Formerly 5-3) April 12, 2022 Archived; Incorporated into SOP 1-26 Special Victims Section
1-90 Investigative Services Division (ISD) (Formerly 5-1) June 14, 2022 Published
1-91 Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) (Currently 1-92) New Step 4
1-92 Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) (Formerly 6-8) Aug. 18, 2022 Published
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 8
1-95 Metro Traffic Division (Formerly 4-06 and 6-3) Nov. 19, 2021 Published
1-96 Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) (Formerly 1-92) Aug. 3, 2022 Published

 

Procedural Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
2-1 Uniforms (Formerly 2-06) June 9, 2021 Step 5
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 Step 3
2-5 Department Vehicles (Formerly 1-19) Oct. 7, 2021 Step 1
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 Step 5
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 Step 2
2-11 Use of Tire Deflation Devices March 29, 2022 Published
2-12 Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) May 26, 2021 Step 7
2-13 StarChase Pursuit Management System Aug. 18, 2020 Step 4
2-14 Use of Cell-Site Simulator Technology June 15, 2021 Step 8
2-15 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) June 15, 2021 Step 4
2-16 Reports (Formerly 1-05) Jan. 12, 2022 Published
2-17 Offense/Incident Report Form (Formerly 2-10) July 29, 2022 Archived
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 Step 5
2-22 Juvenile Delinquency (Formerly 2-34) Feb. 28, 2022 Published
2-23 Use of Canine Unit (Formerly 2-45) Jan. 10, 2019 Step 2
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 5
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 and Trauma Services (Formerly 1-08) Nov. 18, 2022 Published
2-32 Exposure to Blood or Body Fluids (Formerly 1-40) Aug. 17, 2022 Published
2-33 Rights and Safety of Onlookers (Formerly 1-31) Aug. 5, 2020 Step 6
2-34 Notification of Significant Events (Formerly 1-42) Aug. 15, 2022 Published
2-35 Emergency Response Team (ERT) (Formerly 2-29) June 20, 2022 Published
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 Step 2
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 Parking Enforcement (Formerly 2-18) Aug. 10, 2022 Published
2-41 Traffic Stops (Formerly 2-47) March 11, 2022 Published
2-42 DWI Investigations and Revoked/Suspended License (Formerly 3-11) May 25, 2022 Published
2-43 Roadblocks and Checkpoints June 20, 2022 Published
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 Aug. 3, 2022 Published
2-47 Crashes Involving Police Vehicles (Formerly 1-18) Jan. 20, 2021 Step 2
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 Step 1
2-51 Safe Driver Award Program (Formerly 3-63) Aug. 3, 2022 Published
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. 06, 2022 Published
2-60 Preliminary and Follow-Up Criminal Investigations (Formerly 2-24) June 29, 2016 Step 4
2-61 Gathering of Criminal Activity Information (Formerly 1-21) Sept. 30, 2019 Archived; Incorporated Into SOP 5-1 Special Investigations Division
2-62 Criminal Background Investigations (Formerly 1-06) Aug. 12, 2022 Published
2-63 Crime Stoppers Investigations (Formerly 1-24) Sept. 9, 2021 Step 2
2-64 Violence Intervention Program (VIP) Custom Notification Deliveries Aug. 17, 2022 Published
2-65 Language Access Procedure April 15, 2021 Step 6
2-66 Victim and Witness Assistance (Formerly 2-25) Oct. 14, 2020 Step 1
2-67 Photographic Array / Field Identifications (Formerly 2-29) Oct. 14, 2020 Step 1
2-68 Interviews and Interrogations (Formerly 2-23) Nov. 18, 2020 Step 1
2-69 Informants (Formerly 2-04) May 21, 2021 Step 3
2-70 Execution of Search Warrants (Formerly 2-16) Oct. 6, 2021 Step 2
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 Step 1
2-73 Collection, Submission, and Disposition of Evidence and Property (Formerly 2-08) June 20, 2022 Published
2-74

Submission of Felony Cases to the District Attorney (Formerly 2-39)

Nov. 23, 2022 Published
2-75 Request for Legal Opinions for the City Attorney July 13, 2021 Archived
2-76 Court (Formerly 2-01) June 3, 2022 Published
2-78 Domestic Violence (Formerly 4-25) May 23, 2022 Published
2-79 Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program Nov. 16, 2021 Published
2-80 Arrests, Arrest Warrants, and Booking Procedures (Formerly 2-14) Nov. 01, 2022 Published
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 Step 1
2-85 Certificate for Evaluation Feb. 28, 2022 Published
2-86 Investigation of Property Crimes (Formerly 2-26) Nov. 22, 2019 Step 4
2-87 Graffiti Cases Dec. 13, 2021 Archived
2-88 Bait Car Program (Formerly 2-58) May 16, 2022 Published
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) June 3, 2022 Published
2-97 Harm Reduction Act Methadone Distribution Centers Sept. 13, 2021 Archived
2-98 Gunshot Detection Procedure July 26, 2021 Step 1
2-99 Naloxone Policy (Formerly 1-8) Nov. 19, 2021 Archived
2-100 Emergency Communications Center (ECC) Division (Formerly 9-1) June 10, 2022 Published
2-102 Shoplifting (Currently 4-22) Jan. 21, 2016 Step 2
2-103 Trespass Notification (Formerly 4-23) Nov. 22, 2022 Published
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 Step 1
2-108 Electronic Communications Privacy Act Procedures Aug. 24, 2022 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 Step 1
2-112 Violence Intervention Program Call-In (Gun Violence Demonstration Enforcement Action) Oct. 8, 2021 Step 4
2-113 Custom Notification Gun Buy-Back (CNGBB) Program Sept. 9, 2021 Step 1

 

Administrative Orders

SOP# Title Published Date Current Status
3-1 Dispatch and Radio Procedures June 10, 2022 Archived; Incorporated into SOP 2-100 Emergency Communications Center (ECC)
3-6 Language Access Policy April 15, 2021 Step 6
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 Oct. 11, 2022 Published
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 Step 3
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) July 15, 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 3-15 and 3-72) July 29, 2022 Published
3-23 Retirement Observance (Formerly 3-61) Aug. 13, 2021 Step 1
3-24 In-the-line-of-duty Death Notification and Benefits (Formerly 3-30) June 3, 2022 Published
3-25 Bid Process (Formerly 2-10 and 4-11) Nov. 06, 2022 Published
3-29 Issuance and Usage of Area Command Equipment (Formerly 2-7 and 4-12) Aug. 13, 2021 Step 2
3-30 Line Inspection Process (Formerly 3-42) June 16, 2022 Published
3-31 Physical Fitness Assessment (Formerly 3-83) Sept. 22, 2021 Step 3
3-32 Performance Evaluations (Formerly 3-26) March 3, 2022 Published
3-33 Performance Evaluation and Management System (PEMS)(Formerly 3-20 and 3-49) Oct. 17, 2022 Published
3-34 Training Committee Sept. 29, 2022 Published
3-40 Civil Litigation Process Oct. 19, 2021 Step 1
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 8
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 Step 1
3-47 Acceptance of Disciplinary Action and Right to Appeal Jan. 12, 2022 Published
3-50 Forms Control (Formerly 3-22 and 3-27) Aug. 24, 2022 Published
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
3-53 Self-Assessments NEW Step 6
3-76 Purchasing Guide Aug. 3, 2022 Archived; Incorporated into SOP 1-48 Fiscal Divison

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

Policy Development Process Flowchart

Policy Development Process Flowchart

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