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Developing Discipline Matrix for APD

Track and take part in collaborative discussions to develop clear and consistent systems for accountability.

In the last few years, Albany’s constituents voted to amend Local Law J of 2020 – Proposition 7 to enhance the role and responsibilities of the Albany Community Police Review Board (CPRB). As part of these changes, the Board is tasked with working with the Albany Police Department (APD) Chief of Police to develop and implement a Discipline Matrix that clearly delineates penalty levels with ranges of sanctions and stipulates a consistent accountability structure for law enforcement.

The Board will begin this work and would like to invite public engagement and input into the process. We will hold and record public meetings. During this first meeting, we’ll hear from the Department about what already exists while also discussing expectations and outlining our anticipated plan to undertake this work.

As a starting point, the APD has shared the materials that currently exist when deciding on discipline in cases of officer misconduct. You can review these here: APD’s current proposal for progressive discipline:

Article 4 – Discipline, and Article 5 – Department Investigations

The general orders governing how the Albany Police Department considers discipline:

GO 2.2.20 (Disciplinary Procedures) revised 6.14.22 (PDF)

GO 2.4.05 (Office of Professional Standards-Complaint Procedures) revised 6.14.22 (PDF)

Additionally, these articles provide context to understanding this issue:
New Perspectives in Policing (HBR). Police Discipline: A Case for Change
Police Quarterly. Police Employee Disciplinary Matrix: An Emerging Concept
COPS/DOJ. Standards & Guidelines for Internal Affairs: Chapter 4, Mediation, Adjudication, and Disposition

We intend to do this work in public view through open meetings with every opportunity for community members to hear and weigh in, starting with this short survey. We wanted to hear from you to understand your take on officer discipline in light of sustained misconduct and invite you to take this short survey to help us understand what is known and needs to be known about the topic and capture early ideas and perspectives.

Please take a moment to complete a quick survey between now and Friday, February 10, 2023:

We look forward to your feedback!

Please find below past meeting recordings relating to the discipline matrix:

Please find below past meeting recordings relating to the discipline matrix: