New bill aims to improve APD, community relations

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A pair of Albuquerque city councilors are hoping to ramp up talks between the community and police.

The goal is to get people from all walks of life working with the city to make changes.

This is being dubbed the Albuquerque Collaborative on Police Community Relations.

It’s set to go before councilors at Monday night’s meeting.

The bill, introduced by City Council President Ken Sanchez and Council Vice President Trudy Jones, aims to get the ball rolling on community talks with Albuquerque police.

The hope is to develop goals for APD that are different from those the Department of Justice is set to release any day now.

This would involve the mayor, City Council, police officers and their families, families of victims upset with APD, the faith-based community, the business community and neighborhood associations.

Sanchez says APD was “mortally wounded” by the DOJ report that was released in April which blasted the department for use-of-force incidents.

He says the community must play a role in restoring trust by sounding off on what they think needs to happen and change.

“We anticipate thousands of people to participate in this historical process and I think it’s going to be critical and vital to the future of the Albuquerque Police Department,” said City Council President Ken Sanchez.

Sanchez says the first collaborative will be held at the city’s Convention Center at a later date.

The bill also seeks $150,000 in funding to get things moving.

Once an agreement is reached, it would be self-monitored with volunteers reporting back to the city on how things are going.

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