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Cost of DOJ Deal: $719k

Cost of DOJ Deal: $719k

The spending was detailed in the administration's quarterly report on DOJ spending to the City Council

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

The City of Albuquerque spent $719,000 during the first quarter of this fiscal year implementing provisions of its settlement agreement with the federal government to reform the Albuquerque Police Department.

That represents 15 percent of the $4.7 million that has been set aside this year for APD to meet the terms of the agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a report by Mayor Richard Berry’s administration to the City Council. Of that money, $244,000 has gone to pay the independent monitor in the case, James Ginger. Another $125,000 has gone to build APD’s own internal implementation unit, while $63,000 has gone to stand up an internal unit to investigate use-of-force instances.

The spending was detailed in the administration’s quarterly report on DOJ spending to the city council. It covers expenditures between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2015.

APD also spent $57,149 on crisis intervention training for officers as required by the DOJ deal, and it spent $20,000 for a study to determine how many officers the department needs. That study, which was released in December, found that APD needs 1,000 officers to meet its obligations under the settlement agreement.

The police department spent $12,862 on lie detector exams for new recruits and other hires. “The settlement agreement requires new recruits and lateral hires to undergo psychological and polygraph examinations to determine their fitness for employment,” the city’s report said.

One person who apparently didn’t get a polygraph test was Jessica Tyler, who was hired in July to head APD’s training academy. Tyler was hired after she quit the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office where she was its chief deputy.

When she quit, Tyler was under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs unit for allegedly violating the department’s rules. The Sheriff”s Office has moved to revoke Tyler’s certification as a police officer. APD Chief Gorden Eden has said that Tyler didn’t undergo a regular background check because she was an executive appointment, and not a lateral hire.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.