Says "We Pay Them And They Won't Do The Work"
The way Civilian Police Oversight Board Chair Joanne Fine sees it, the Albuquerque Police Department’s command staff is now going on three years of refusing to accept civilian oversight, and the current administration will ride out the next six months collecting paychecks and doing nothing to reform itself.
It has been the same story for the past two-and-a-half years, and Fine calls it thievery on the command staff’s part.
“They are zero percent compliant with us. It’s apparent that between now and December, when a new mayor comes in [and, presumably there is a new police chief], they will do everything to put obstacles in our path to delay, deny and deceive,” Fine said. “They have six months to float and they know it. So we will pay them and they won’t do the work. I call that thievery.”
Fine has been outspoken about APD’s obstructionist tactics since she joined the POB more than two years ago. But her latest outrage was sparked by APD’s recent presentation of a report that was basically meaningless.
For the past 10 months, the POB has asked APD for information on officer-involved car crashes. In April alone there were 66 officer-involved crashes. The POB had asked the police department for a report on how other police departments are doing when it comes to such collisions.
But the report the POB got from APD on June 8 was so weak that Fine described it as a “post-it note.”
APD was giving the POB monthly reports on its vehicle collisions, but now, the department says it will offer up the reports on a quarterly basis in the future, Fine said.
“It’s unbelievable. So the net outcome of our requests is that they [APD] have decided to withhold even more data from us in the coming months,” Fine said. “They have absolutely no desire to accept, or let alone encourage, input from the people who live here.”