The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is focused on the future and complying with the requirements of the Court Authorized Settlement Agreement (CASA). APD has put in motion a series of improvements including changes to policy, training, and operational reforms that will strengthen the police department. APDReform.com is an outreach program designed to educate the public about changes taking place within the police department that may be overlooked by traditional media. APDReform.com is proud to share the progress made so far by the City, APD, and associated groups. We encourage you to review the positive changes that have occurred that will result in a stronger community.

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About the Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA)

On April 10, 2014, the US Department of Justice released a findings letter that detailed its conclusions regarding allegations of use of excessive use of force by APD officers. Based on their investigation, they determined that reasonable cause exists to believe that APD engaged in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment and Section 14141. As part of the letter, remedial measures were defined and included revising use of force and other policies, improving training, revising complaint processes, improving management and supervision, standardizing recruitment and selection, and developing a robust community policing and oversight program.

Commencing just after the release of the findings letter, and after hundreds of hours of negotiating that totaled approximately six months, the City of Albuquerque and the Department of Justice announced the completion of the CASA. The CASA was implemented on November 14, 2014.

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The Albuquerque Police Department continues to make significant progress in meeting the requirements of the CASA. The chart below shows the department’s progress in meeting primary, secondary, and operational designations based on results from each Independent Monitor’s Reports.

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