Police oversight commission faces overhaul

Posted at: 02/03/2014 7:53 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Recommendations from a task force to overhaul the Police Oversight Commission will be introduced at the Albuquerque City Council meeting on Monday.

The 217 page document details the process for making recommendations and gives suggestions for the council to approve.

One of them is that the APD chief must respond in writing if he or she does not follow the commission's recommendations for discipline. There is also a recommendation that the commission should be able to suggest changes to APD training and policies, and a condition that the commission should get more access to APD documents and data.

The Albuquerque Police Officers Association says the proposal goes too far.

"A lot of the changes that they're trying to make wouldn't be something that we'd expect in the judicial system for the regular citizens," APOA President Stephanie Lopez said.

But there is a change the union and citizen advocates agree on – making commission members go through more training on what it's like to be an officer. In the past, members got very little.

"How can you judge somebody in their job when you don't even know what the details or what the regiments of going through that process is? It's like me being on a panel and deciding whether an attorney did his job or not," Lopez said.

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