Map of the City of Albuquerque's Spy Cameras

These security and surveillance cameras were installed to help your city government spy on you. But the great news is that you can also use them to spy on your government. If you’ve been the victim of police misconduct near one of these cameras, you may be able to make an IPRA demand to obtain evidence.

We’ve only just begun work on this map. If you know of a security camera that may be controlled by the city, county, state or federal government, please contact us.

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APOA Albuquerque Police Union Contract

This is the contract between the City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association (APOA), the union of the APD. City-employed attorneys have claimed that this contract prevents the Independent Review Officer, who investigates claims of police misconduct, from revealing officer names and discipline to the Police Oversight Commission.

Read the contract yourself:

And see our opinion: Does Police Union contract really require hiding info from the POC?

ABQ Transit Security Standard Operating Procedures

The Albuquerque Transit Department maintains a staff of security guards who enforce city rules and regulations on city busses and at city bus stations. The security guards are not law enforcement officers, but they frequently effect citizen arrests and use force against people they detain.

This document lays out the Standard Operating Procedures of this pseudo-police department.

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An index and commentary on the SOPs follows.

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Special order 12-26: Use of Lapel Cameras

Special order from Police Chief Ray Shultz mandating use of video cameras in almost all police-citizen contacts. Issued May 4, 2012. Text of the order follows. You can also download the Special Order: Use of Lapel Cameras

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Adopt A Cop in Your Community

We ask community activists to Adopt a Cop. That just means picking one or more police officers, perhaps ones you have some kind of personal experience with, and then just commit to monitoring his or her public complaints file. It’s an easy and effective way to help us build up-to-date public profiles for the police officers in your community.

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How to Request Copies of an Officer's Public Complaints File

Our primary service is our searchable library of Internal Affairs records, documenting citizen complaints against police officers. It’s easy to get these public records for any police officer in Albuquerque. We encourage activists to Adopt a Cop and check regularly for updates to their Internal Affairs file.

The easiest way to get these records is to request them by email and pick them up at the police station downtown. Here’s how.

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Police Complaints Flyer - Print and Post around Town!

Build community awareness about the need for police oversight in Albuquerque by posting our flyer on public bulletin boards.

Download the flyer

This color flyer prints 2-up. Cut each sheet in half to make two flyers. Then cut the tear-off strips at the bottom. Thumbtack not included!

Standard Operating Procedures of the Albuquerque Police Department

In addition to obeying the law and upholding the Constitution, APD officers must also follow the rules set down by their employers. These are the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Albuquerque Police Department.

APD SOPs in Microsoft Word format:

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APD Standard Operating Procedures : Browsable List

This page has the complete list of all the SOPs of the Albuquerque Police Department. Browse one at a time or download them all at once. Microsoft Word format. See also: More info about the SOPs.

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File an official complaint against the Albuquerque Police Department

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