City council to vote on APD changes


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque could vote Monday to change the rules for citizen oversight of APD. But two proposals on the table have the council divided.

“In my opinion, we need to get it as soon as possible and we don’t know when the Department of Justice decree, that final decree is going to come into effect and so we could be waiting six months for it so we need to move as quick as possible,” City Councilor Brad Winter said.

Councilor Winter is pushing for councilors to pass a bill that he worked on with Rey Garduno to overhaul the Police Oversight Commission by removing what’s left of the current board and giving it more money. It would also let the commission appoint its own independent review officer and force the chief to respond to their recommendations.

But on the other side, Councilor Ken Sanchez is asking for the city to vote for his proposal.

It would abolish the current POC and wait for the final DOJ report before establishing a new one.

Sanchez says passing a POC overhaul today would waste time.

“I mean you can go back and amend a bill and make the changes, but I think it’s harder to go back and make changes after the fact, I think this is much more effective if you incorporate those changes in the legislation because we don’t know exactly what they’re going to ask for or recommend.”

Both ideas are expected to go to a final vote on Monday.

City councilors also plan to vote whether they should have a say on who gets the job as police chief.

If approved the council would be required to confirm the mayor’s pick.

The amendment would also give the council the power to fire the police or fire chief with just cause.

Councilors have said this will help restore trust within the community and APD.

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