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APD: We're Still Committed To Reform

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The Trump Administration’s approach to reviewing local police departments’ use of force practices has some local police reform advocates concerned. But the Albuquerque Police Department plans to fulfill the requirements of a DOJ settlement agreement on police use of force.

APD discussed changes to training and efforts to build relationships with the community at a recent North East Heights Community Policing Council meeting.

Lieutenant Joe Burke said the entire police department is fully committed to the obligations in APD’s settlement agreement with the DOJ that calls for a wide range of reforms.

“Officers have been better trained, they’re better equipped with how we investigate use of force, how they articulate use of force, all this is a benefit in the long term," Burke said.

In his first speech as U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions downplayed the DOJ’s role in police accountability and called for stronger partnerships with local police. He also said law enforcement agencies have been unjustly blamed for "the unacceptable deeds of a few bad actors."

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