It's March already.
I’d like to pass along some great updates from APD Communications Director, Gilbert Gallegos and Chief Medina:
APD officers reached a key milestone in reform efforts as 95% of use-of-force incidents were within the department’s policy during the last six months.
APD is under a Court-Approved Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to change officers’ approach to using force during arrests. APD created the Office of the Superintendent of Police Reform and a new Compliance Bureau to oversee reform efforts and overhaul policies, training, force investigations and discipline.
“Now we’re seeing the results from officers who are responsible for meeting the high standards that are expected of them,” Chief Medina said. “In reality, force is rarely used and when it is necessary, officers are making good decisions based on training and sound judgment.”
Commander Deanne Otzenberger