City makes changes to police program after conflict of interest

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Conflict of interest concerns now has the city changing plans for a big, new Albuquerque police program.

The Albuquerque Police Department recently got a federal grant to partner officers with mental health professionals every other week so officers can learn how to better work with people in a mental crisis.

But some city councilors had a problem with the group the city first chose to coordinate the project, CIT INC. That’s a non-profit run by APD officers.

On Monday, KRQE News 13 learned the city is handling full control to the University of New Mexico.

City Councilor Pat Davis, who initially raised concerns, agrees with the change.

“This is a win for accountability and transparency, and it goes to show that we can include other community partners like UNM in helping to make APD better and we should be doing more of that,” said Pat Davis.

UNM’s Project Echo will now oversee the entire $131,000 program which should run for the next two years

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