Program aims to heal community’s relationship with APD

Mayor Richard Berry,

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Members of city council and the mayor’s office made an announcement Monday about a new program to start healing relationships between police and the community.

The idea would be for people to come together with concerns and ideas to look for solutions. This program is different than the mandated changes that are set to be handed down by the Department of Justice.

They want members of the community, which includes police officers and their families, to create their own agreement.

“Today is a day that we are going to begin the healing process that will involve the entire community,” City Council President Ken Sanchez said.

Community members can go to the city’s website and give specific information on concerns and solutions.

The city will use all that info to create detailed reports about what the community is saying. From there, they’ll bring everyone back together to start negotiating a community agreement to spell out goals and expectations.

“We know there’s individuals in our community that for good reason, are frustrated and angry and we appreciate that and this in no way circumvents that,” Mayor R.J. Berry said. “But we also want people to think about – give your input, roll your sleeves up and help us do the hard work.”

As for how the agreement would be enforced, they say it will be a self-monitoring system.

The city did not have a lot of details on that aspect, but they said it will rely on passionate volunteers to report back to city leaders on what progress is actually being made.

City council members will vote on a bill to fund the project on Monday.

The city is setting aside $150,000 to pay for facilitators.

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