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Joint Statement of Principles by the United States Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque Regarding the Albuquerque Police Department

Joint Statement of Principles by the United States Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque Regarding the Albuquerque Police Department

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The Department of Justice and Mayor Richard Berry’s administration have agreed to the broad outline of reforms for the Albuquerque Police Department that will be overseen by a court appointed monitor. This is the Joint Statement of Principles by the United States Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque Regarding the Albuquerque Police Department
The Department of Justice and Mayor Richard Berry’s administration have agreed to the broad outline of reforms for the Albuquerque Police Department that will be overseen by a court appointed monitor. This is the Joint Statement of Principles by the United States Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque Regarding the Albuquerque Police Department

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 Joint Statement of Principles by the United States Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque Regarding the Albuquerque Police Department
The United States Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque, NM (collectiely, !the "arties#$ are committed to %or&in' to'ether and %ith the many communities that ma&e up the City to ensure that the Albuquerque "olice Department (!A"D#$ deliers serices in a manner that respects the ri'hts of residents, promotes mutual confidence bet%een the police and the community, and improes public and officer safetyTo this end, the "arties are en'a'ed in 'ood)faith ne'otiations on a blueprint for reform that %ill sustainably address the systemic issuesidentified by the Department of Justice in its April *+, +*-, findin's letter .e issue this Joint Statement of "rinciples to publicly specify the measures that the "arties are underta&in' to resole the findin's resultin' from the Department of Justice/s inesti'ation into use of force by A"D 0n April *+, +*-, the Department of Justice completed its inesti'ation of A"D and concluded that it had reasonable cause to beliee that A"D en'a'es in a pattern or practice of useof e1cessie force in iolation of the 2ourth Amendment and the 3iolent Crime Control and 4a%5nforcement Act of *66-, - USC 7 *-*-* The inesti'ation %as conducted %ith the full andopen cooperation of the City and A"D .hile it may disa'ree %ith certain assertions in the findin's letter, the City reco'ni8es the need for systemic reform The "arties hae en'a'ed on solutions %ith community sta&eholders in Albuquerque and are continuin' to do so .e a'ree that the recommendations and su''estions receied throu'h the community en'a'ement process are critical factors to consider in craftin' a comprehensie and effectie remedial plan for A"D .e reco'ni8e that the successful implementation and sustainability of reforms %ill depend, in part, on the actie participation of, and input from, the Albuquerque community The "arties also a'ree that the input of A"D officers and their representaties is a critical factor to consider in ensurin' that the A'reement proides officers %ith the practical 'uidance, tools, and support they need to effectiely and efficiently carry out the A'reement/s requirements and enhance safety for both officers and the community they sere .e reco'ni8e that A"D officers and employees are A"D/s 'reatest resource and that the ast ma9ority of officers are committed to upholdin' the Constitution %hile carryin' out their important duties to ensure public safety %ith honor and distinction The "arties are committed to ne'otiatin' in 'ood faith to ensure that a carefully crafted, court)enforceable a'reement is reached as e1peditiously as possible, and to proide the Albuquerque community %ith transparency into the ne'otiation process under the follo%in' terms:* The "arties are ne'otiatin' and see&in' a'reement on reform measures consistent %ith constitutional standards and best practices that %ill address the follo%in' ei'ht areas that are outlined in the Department of Justice/s April *+, +*- findin's letter: A"D/s (a$ use of force  policies; (b$ interactions %ith indiiduals %ith mental illness and other disabilities; (c$ tactical units; (d$ trainin'; (e$ internal inesti'ations and ciilian complaints; (f$ mana'ement and
 
superision; ('$ recruitment and selection of officers; and (h$ community en'a'ement and oersi'ht The A'reement %ill include multiple mechanisms that %ill facilitate the full and on'oin'  participation of community members in the implementation of the reform process The A'reement, ho%eer, %ill not substitute or foreclose other initiaties by the community or the City to promote reform and oersi'ht of, or partnerships %ith, A"D, includin' the City collaboratie en'a'ement process The measures in the A'reement %ill supplement, not supplant, e1istin' or recommended oersi'ht mechanisms<The A'reement %ill include outcome measures to assist the "arties and the public in determinin' %hether A"D/s policies and practices are resultin' in more effectie and constitutional policin' The outcome measures %ill also assist the "arties and the public in assessin' the "arties= pro'ress to%ard compliance -An independent monitor %ill be selected to assist the "arties in determinin' %hether the A'reement is bein' implemented and %hether the 'oals of the A'reement hae been achieed .hile ne'otiations are pendin', the "arties intend to issue a >equest for ?nformation to solicit responses from potential candidates %ho may be interested in serin' as independent monitor The >equest for ?nformation %ill describe the qualifications and e1perience required for the  position and %ill be distributed nationallyThe >equest for ?nformation is intended to assist the "arties in identifyin' qualified candidates %ho %ill proide ob9ectie, cost)effectie, and thorou'h assessments of the "arties= compliance %ith the A'reement The A'reement %ill specify the selection and appointment process for the independent monitor @ The "arties reco'ni8e the ur'ency of this matter and see& to complete ne'otiations e1peditiously  0nce the "arties reach an A'reement that resoles the Department of Justice/s findin's, the A'reement %ill be presented to the City Council The "arties commit to en'a'e community sta&eholders, includin' officers, to ensure a broad understandin' of the terms of the A'reement The "arties a'ree to see& to hae the A'reement approed by and entered as a court order by the US District Court for the District of Ne% Me1ico to ensure that the terms of the A'reement are implemented fully and faithfullyThe "arties reco'ni8e that the process of reform is comple1 and %ill require sustained effort >eform %ill not occur oerni'ht and %ill require clear 'oals and ob9ecties The entire Albuquerque community must be en'a'ed if it is to be a success To this end, the "arties committo %or& collaboratiely and earnestly and %ith necessary ur'ency The "arties a'ree to %or& to implement the A'reement for as lon' as necessary to ensure that they hae achieed their 'oals for sustainable reformThis Joint Statement of "rinciples shall not be construed as an admission or eidence of liability by or a'ainst the City under any federal, state or municipal la% includin', but not limitedto, - USC 7 *6B< This Joint Statement is not intended to limit or e1pand the ri'ht of any  person or entity see&in' relief a'ainst the City, A"D, or any officer or employee thereof, for their 

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