ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission could be one step closer to being suspended based on a recommendation before City Councilors at a committee meeting on Monday night.
The POC is supposed to act as an outside review board of police behavior, but City Councilor Brad Winter says they've had so many complaints about the commission, it's time to revamp the program. Winter, along with City Councilor Trudy Jones, sponsored the resolution to suspend the commission. A task force has also been created to look at ways of improving the work they're supposed to do.
Winter says the complaints that he and other members have received go beyond witnessing the commission's disfunctional meetings or hearing from families related to Albuquerque Police shootings, but flat out ignoring some of the very people they were established to listen to.
The POC was created by the City Council back in 1998 to investigate complaints of the Albuquerque Police. The commission also works with the city's Independent Review Office.
KRQE News 13 contacted the I.R.O., they refused to comment other than to say they are working with city councilors on fixing the oversight commission.
"The system when it was first put into place, the Police Oversight Commission was basically where civilians could come when they had issues with the police department," says City Councilor Brad Winter. "What we're finding through the years and especially lately it's not doing what it was meant to do."
If councilors vote to suspend the Police Oversight Commission at the committee meeting, it will still need to go before the full City Council at a meeting two weeks from Monday for final approval.
The city says anyone interested in being part of the task force which will look at the revamping the POC will have until July 3 to apply online.
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