APD says it is in the process of getting into compliance with 44 percent of the 280 goals outlined in the DOJ settlement
BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI
The Albuquerque Police Department says it has developed a use-of-force policy that has been accepted by the special monitor in the department’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
In addition, APD says it is in the process of getting into compliance with 44 percent of the 280 goals, requirements and deadlines contained in the settlement agreement, according to the department’s second progress report that was filed in U.S. District Court Tuesday.
“After months of negotiation, SOP [Standard Operating Procedure] 2-52 Use of Force was approved in January 2016 by all parties and the monitor,” APD’s report says. “With the approval of SOP 2-52 Use of Force by the parties and the federal monitor, use of force training began in January 2016 in order to meet the specified June 2, 2016, deadline.” The report said that APD expects to meet that June 2 deadline.
The report also said that all APD officers have received crisis intervention training, and that as of Feb. 2, it has met all off the settlement agreement’s deadlines for submitting policy and training changes to the monitor.
The apparent approval of a use-of-force policy is a big deal because when the independent monitor in the case, James Ginger, submitted his first report on Dec. 3, he blasted APD for failing to come up with an acceptable use-of-force policy despite two tries. Ginger was not immediately available for comment Wednesday morning.
Ginger also had ripped APD’s policy-making process as inept. Ginger is expected to submit his second report on APD’s progress in complying with the settlement agreement in early March to U.S. District Court Judge Robert Brack.
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