The Department of Justice and Independent Monitor mostly applauded the Albuquerque Police Department’s progress — while cautioning against complacency in the home stretch — in the latest hearing on its federally-mandated reform efforts.
Judge James Browning oversaw a June 6 hearing where major players gave updates and insight into what APD has done, and has left to do, to reach full compliance with the Court Approved Settlement Agreement, known as CASA.
The hearing came weeks after the monitor’s 17th quarterly report found APD had reached 92% “operational compliance,” which tracks whether officers are following policies and being corrected when they don’t. That’s 12% higher than the 16th report and by far the highest benchmark reached by the department.
The tide began to turn after departmental and leadership changes at APD, according to the monitor’s report, along with the involvement of an external group called the External Force Investigation Team, or EFIT, brought in to clear a case backlog and train IAFD investigators on how to conduct quality and timely investigations.
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