Doc 295 – Monitor’s “298” Outcome Assessment

Doc 295:  Monitor's Para. 298 Outcome Report

The "Paragraph 298 Outcome Report" has been published by Monitor James Ginger, and the news is almost all bad.The first of the "outcome reports" focuses on the Monitor's frustration with the absence of valid, verifiable data.

Judge Brack ordered Dr. Ginger to produce his "Outcome Report" by August 1, or explain why he could not.  The Monitor explained on August 1 that the Parties needed time "to notify the Monitor of any issues..."and to ensure that the Independent Monitor would have adequate time to review any issues raised by the Parties," the Monitor would file the report by August 18, 2017.

The Settlement Agreement required that in addition to compliance reviews and audits, "the Monitor shall conduct qualitative and quantitative assessments" to measure results of the reform effort.

The desired result was set out in paragraph 294, which requires the Monitor to determine whether the implementation of the Settlement Agreement "is resulting in high-level, quality service; officer safety and accountability; effective constitutional policing; and increased community trust of APD."

Dr. Ginger is highly critical of APD's performance throughout the report:

We have major reservations about the system's ability to produce high-quality trustworthy data.

APD, at multiple levels and stages, missed significant opportunities to catch problems early remediate and resolve them quickly, reinforce good practice and provideinvaluable feedback to the policy and training functions.

The serious deficiencies revealed point to deeply rooted systemic probems... indicate a culture of low accountability is at work within APD, particularly in chain of command reviews. . .

Hiding officer's identification makes these reports virtually useless. . .

Use of Force Reporting

Use of force by APD is frequently not reported, and when reported is often under-reported. . .  APD is "flying blind" when it comes to assessing and controlling uses of force. . . Data tables "are virtually impossible to construct, given the ineffectual reporting modalities of APD...

Data Assessment

Data collected by APD's reporting system for Paragraph 298c are virtually unusable. . .  As currently delivered and used by APD, the CIT reporting "system" is not useable to identify successes, failures, liability exposures or any other meaningful management detail. . . we have noted frequent and sometimes chronic problems relating to the accuracy of data provided by APD. . .

Academy Recruitment and Training

No conclusions can be drawn from the provided data except to say that recruiting. . . is not routinized, and appears not to be guided by goals, objectives and operational milestones . . . the Academy functions in a highly reactive manner, and is not supported or guided by assertive data management and analysis practices that function in an organized, analytical way. 

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CPOB Candidate Forum?

Police Oversight Board sets Mayoral Candidate Forum; City Council Says No Way

ABQ Free Press (Aug. 3, 2017):'

Police Oversight Board To Hold Mayoral Candidate Forum

Each candidate will have five minutes to express their views on the subjects. Then, POB board members will have a chance to spend five minutes questioning each candidate.

. . .

POB Chair Joanne Fine set up the forum and has invited all the candidates.

It is a public meeting and open to everyone who wants to attend and hear the candidates’ views. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the City Council chambers in Downtown Albuquerque.

NOT SO FAST, CPOB

(Aug. 7)  Last week Albuquerque's Civilian Police Oversight Board announced it would be holding a Mayoral Candidate Forum where candidates for the City's highest office would each get five minutes to talk about police reform and civilian police oversight.

But at Monday's City Council meeting, just three days before the planned forum City Councillors were unanimous in denouncing the idea, calling it "ridiculous" and "insane."

Some Councillors pointed to the "independent" and "non-political" nature of the CPOB, while others felt it would be inappropriate to hold the political forum in the City Council chambers, which is where the Police Oversight Board meets every month.

 

City Councillors expressed their outrage over plans by the Civilian Police Oversight Board to hold a Mayor's Candidate Forum on Thursday evening at the Board's monthly meeting.  Councillor Gibson was especially incensed.

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