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City and police officials said Tuesday that they have launched a formal internal affairs investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department’s encounters with relatives and teachers of a 7-year-old girl who prosecutors say was abused and trafficked.
Although the IA investigation will take around 90 days, the city will start next week rolling out updates to policies that this case revealed were inadequate, officials said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
“We have sort of two different issues going on in this case,” Chief Administrative Officer Sarita Nair said. “One is whether specific people followed specific policies. And then the other is whether those policies are in fact designed to move investigations the way that they should be moved. And if those policies are too broad or too narrow to really accomplish the goal of protecting kids.”