City councilors to hear from Civilian Police Oversight Agency

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(KRQE Chris McKee)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Monday, city councilors are set to hear from the special team overseeing the Albuquerque Police Department. The Civilian Oversight Board was created after the Department of Justice report alleging excessive use of force.

The Civilian Police Oversight Agency is tasked with improving communication between APD and the public, as well as reviewing police shootings and civilian complaints. Monday, the team made up of Albuquerque locals, is submitting its semi-annual report for 2016.

The report is more than 50 pages long and includes one officer-involved shooting presented to the Police Oversight Board. It’s the one from early January 2015, a narcotics bust gone wrong.

KRQE News 13 reported in March how the Oversight Board found Lt. Brachle violated the department’s standard operating procedures. The board also reviewed two serious use of force complaints in the first half of 2016 and written complaints against officers.

When it comes to written complaints, the report indicates an increase of almost two complaints compared to the average for the last five years.

City councilors will have a lot to read Monday. They’re also set to receive the internal audit’s annual report and the Office of the Inspector General’s annual report.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the City County Building.

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