Civilian Police Oversight Agency shows new numbers on APD complaints

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Civilian Police Oversight Agency has new numbers on citizen police complaints for the first half of the year.

A report presented to a city council committee shows the group got 125 police complaints and 93 “job well done” responses.

After investigating allegations of Albuquerque police officers violating APD policy, it says CPOA and the police chief have disagreed in about 7-percent of cases.

But the group says it’s not hearing directly from the chief.

“We are not currently getting a direct letter or explanation from the chief regarding why there is a non-concurrence either for discipline or for the finding,” said Ed Harness, CPOA executive director.

Instead, CPOA says, it pulls the internal affairs file which includes notes and the chief’s ultimate decision.

APD says it’s willing to do whatever will improve the system and it’s looking into it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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