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Information about the Civilian Police Oversight Agency.

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency receives and investigates complaints filed by individuals against the Albuquerque Police Department and its employees for misconduct.

Another Mission of the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Commission is to propose policy changes to the Albuquerque Police Department.

 

Newly Amended Police Oversight Ordinance Enacted

On September 18, 2014, the City Council passed amendments to the Police Oversight Ordinance.  On October 6, 2014, Mayor Richard J. Berry signed the legislation.  The new amendments replaced the prior Police Oversight Commission with a newly developed Civilian Police Oversight Agency.

Under the amended Police Oversight Ordinance, City Council is responsible for selecting and confirming nine members of a Police Oversight Board (POB). Anyone interested in applying to be a member of the Police Oversight Board may submit an online application to the POB's online form.

 

Even while the POB is being assembled the Administrative Office of the Civilian Police Oversight Agency will be receiving and investigating Complaints which civilians file against the Albuquerque Police Department.

Below is an explanation of Civilian Police Oversight Agency's process to review and investigate complaints filed against the Albuquerque Police Department, as revised by City Law Section 9-4-1 et seq.

Citizen Police Complaint Process Pursuant to Newly Amended Police Oversight Ordinance

  1. A person may file a Complaint against the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), via the internet or in writing.
  2. The Administrative Office of the Civilian Police Oversight Agency (Administrative Office) will open a case and assign it to an investigator. The assigned investigator will interview witnesses, obtain evidence, and interview the APD officers involved.
  3. The Administrative Office will mediate Complaints, whenever appropriate and agreed upon by the parties.
  4. If the Complaint is not mediated, the Administrative Office Investigators will conduct a full investigation.
  5. Once the investigation of the Complaint is completed, the Executive Director of the Administrative Office will review the Complaint and results of the investigation to determine if there are any violations of Albuquerque Police Department Standard Operating Procedures. Standard Operating Procedures are the Police Department's rules regulating police and employee actions and conduct.
  6. The Executive Director of the Administrative Office will draft a letter to the person who filed the Complaint indicting her conclusions and findings.
  7. The members of the Police Oversight Board (POB) will review the Complaint and approve the Executive Director's findings and conclusions.
  8. After the POB has approved the Executive Director's findings, the Administrative Office will send the findings to the person who filed the Complaint via Certified Mail and to the Albuquerque Police Department.
  9. The person who filed the Complainant may appeal the POB's findings.
  10. The Chief of Police has sole authority to impose discipline to an Albuquerque Police Department employee for violations of the Albuquerque Police Department Standard Operating Procedures. The Civilian Police Oversight Agency does not impose discipline.
  11. The Civilian Police Oversight Agency does not conduct criminal investigations.

Police Oversight Board

Under the newly revised Police Oversight Ordinance, City Council is responsible for selecting and confirming nine members of the Police Oversight Board (POB).  On October 15, 2014, City Council will begin taking applications for membership on the Police Oversight Board.

 

Beginning October 15, 2014, you will be able to apply for membership on the Police Oversight Board online through the City Council's web page; or obtain a paper version of the POB membership application in person from the City Council Office on the 9th Floor of City Hall, One Civic Plaza, Albuquerque; or by calling Council at (505) 768-3100; or by requesting an application in writing through the Council's mailing address, City Council, City of Albuquerque, P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM 87103.

 

Once the Police Oversight Board are selected, future POB meetings will be set.  As with the prior Police Oversight Commission, the future POB Meetings will be televised on GovTV, the local government television channel for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

 

The last meeting of the Police Oversight Commission held on August 14, 2014 was video recorded and shown on GovTV.  GovTV's website provides a link to view a copy of this most recent Police Oversight Commission Meeting.

Previously, City Council passed Legislation Suspending Police Oversight Commission, effective September 10, 2014

On September 2, 2014, the City of Albuquerque passed legislation which suspended the current Police Oversight Commission (POC), Ordinance O-14-15.  This legislation became effective on September 10, 2014.

Ordinance O-14-15 suspended all functions, powers and duties of the POC, but permitted the Independent Review Officer to continue to receive, investigate and make findings regarding Civilian Complaints filed against the Albuquerque Police Department.

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