The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has achieved a major milestone in its reform efforts. The city has filed a motion to terminate certain portions of the consent decree that has been in place since 2015. The motion was filed in recognition of APD’s sustained compliance with significant portions of the decree. This represents the second major milestone for APD this year.
Over the last several years, APD has made significant progress in areas such as conducting criminal investigations, professionalizing its SWAT team, and providing training to new officers. The department has also set new standards in police recruiting and increased interest in joining APD.
The partial termination of the consent decree will allow the parties and the Monitor to focus their efforts on the remaining areas where APD is still working to attain or maintain full compliance.
This is a significant development for the city of Albuquerque and for the APD. The consent decree was put in place after a federal investigation found that the department had engaged in a pattern of excessive force and discriminatory policing. The reforms that APD has implemented over the past several years have helped to address these issues and have made the department more accountable to the community.
The partial termination of the consent decree is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the APD and the city of Albuquerque. It is also a sign of the progress that has been made in reforming the department.
The US Justice Department, US Attorney's Office, District of of New Mexico, Friday, October 27, 2023: