Criticism of Albuquerque’s embattled police department never stopped with the officers and chief. Activists have long questioned the work of the Police Oversight Commission, an all-volunteer panel that oversees investigation of citizen complaints, among other things.
A report issued by MGT of America at the City Council’s request takes issue with the Police Oversight Commission’s “failure to lead.” It cites bad training and a lack of participation.
The report suggested the commission should have disciplinary power. But Mayor Richard Berry disagrees. “To require a politically appointed volunteer citizen committee to direct officer discipline would be unfair to the commission,” he says in a news release today.
Berry instead made 17 recommendations for the City Council to consider. Among them:
• A national search for the next independent review officer, (who reviews citizen complaints)
• Authority for city administration or the Council to remove a commissioner for not attending meetings or undergoing training
• Authority for the mayor to nominate a volunteer if the Council doesn’t
• A better commission website
• Software for tracking trends in citizen complaints
• $15,000 a year for commissioners to attend conferences and training