- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The costs of overhauling Albuquerque’s police force and paying for a federal monitor to oversee the work are beginning to mount for the city.

Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Si9NM6 ) crisis intervention training, recruitment efforts, support staff to implement the federally-mandated reforms and costs related to body cameras totaled more than $668,000 for the first three months of the year.

That’s on top of fees charged by federal monitor James Ginger. The first U.S. Department of Justice invoice shows Ginger’s services cost nearly $400,000 for the first quarter.

City officials have estimated the reforms could cost up to $6 million a year for the next several years.

The DOJ started the monitoring as part of an agreement reached after Albuquerque police drew scrutiny over more than 40 shootings involving its officers since 2010.


Information from: KOB-TV, https://www.kob.com

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