Albuquerque Police Department
|Albuquerque Police Department|
|Motto||"In step with our community"|
|Employees||1100 sworn plus 460 unsworn (as of 2010)|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Albuquerque in the state of New Mexico, United States|
|Size||181.3 sq mi (469.5 km2)|
|Population||545,852 (Metro Area 892,271) )|
|Legal jurisdiction||As per operations jurisdiction.|
|Headquarters||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Agency executive||Gorden Eden, Chief|
|Helicopters||1 - Air 1 Eurocopter EC120|
|Plane / Fixed Wings||1 - Air 5 (Cessna 180)|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Albuquerque Police Department is the largest municipal police department in New Mexico, it is located in Bernalillo County. They have jurisdiction anywhere in the city limits, anything outside of the city limits are considered to be the unincorporated area of "Bernalillo County" and are governed by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department. In 2007 the US Department of Justice Bureau of Statistics recorded the Albuquerque Police Department as being the 50th largest police department in the United States.
|Chief of Police|
Department of Justice Investigation
On Tuesday, November 27, 2012, the United States Department of Justice announced a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department. The following is an excerpt of the announcement which is ongoing.
"The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a civil investigation into use of force by the city of Albuquerque, N.M., Police Department (APD). The investigation will focus on allegations that APD officers engage in use of excessive force, including use of unreasonable deadly force, in their encounters with civilians."
In 1973, the Chicano Police Officer's Association of Albuquerque and twelve Albuquerque police officers sued the city in federal court, alleging that Hispanic-surnamed citizens were discriminated against in the hiring and promotion of police officers. The lawsuit survived adverse testimony and several motions to dismiss and even went up to the Supreme Court of the United States before being scheduled for trial in 1978.
On May 15, 1978, the parties agreed to a stipulated judgment which required the city to pay $8,000 to Beserra and $8,000 to the Chicano Police Officer's Association and to meet an affirmative action goal of 34% Hispanic-surnamed individuals in the police department by July 1, 1981 and also to complete an affirmative action internal audit of the police department to verifiably validate the testing procedures for promotion. The department will also assign a Chicano police officer to the police academy; and expand department language and cultural awareness training. After the settlement was approved, the lawyers for the Chicano Police Officer's Association asked for additional money from the city for attorney’s fees, and over the dissent of Chief Judge Seth, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court ordered them to be paid. Despite the settlement, complaints continued even into the 1990s. However, the 34% target had been exceeded by 1993 with a 39.4% Hispanic-surnamed force.
Press reports in 2012 indicated the department has one of the highest rates of shootings in the United States. The police union had been routinely awarding cash payments to officers involved in shootings to help them recover emotionally from the event.
- New MExico, Police Chief Chosen for EMbaatled Albuquerque Force, Associated Press, 15 February 2014
- Cohea, Carol (21 July 1973) "Chicano Police File Suit" The Albuquerque Journal page 1, column 4
- Cohea, Carol (1 December 1973) "Defense Consultant Denies Tests Unfair to Chicano Police Group" The Albuquerque Journal page 5, column 1
- Staff (21 November 1975) "New Trial Ordered" The Albuquerque Journal page 4, column 4
- Stover v. Chicano Police Officers Ass'n, 426 U.S. 944 (1976)
- For case history see: Chicano Police Officer's Association v. Beserra, 624 F.2d 127 (1980 Tenth Circuit, opinion by Judge Logan)
- Staff (9 September 1979) "Chcanos Allege Bias" The New Mexican page 15, column 3
- Associated Press (13 April 1993) "Group challenges hiring practices of Albuquerque Police Department" The New Mexican page 8, column 1
- In Albuquerque, an uproar over shootings by police, By Michael Haederle, LA Times, 14 April 2012