NM police academy director defends new training

Updated: 02/16/2014 7:24 PM | Created: 02/16/2014 7:10 PM
The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The man who oversees basic training for police cadets across New Mexico is defending his new curriculum, which includes giving officers more leeway to use deadly force.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Jack Jones, director of the state's Law Enforcement Academy, has come under some criticism since being given control in September of all basic training courses.

Jones' changes include more training in traffic stops involving gunfire and use of possibly deadly force.

He says officers need to be prepared for any violence.

Jones says previous training models have been too restrictive.

The new training comes as the Albuquerque Police Department is under a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation.

The department is facing allegations of excessive force and three dozen shootings by officers since 2010.

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