Farmington PD pushes back against crime report | KOB 4

Farmington PD pushes back against crime report

Meg Hilling
March 15, 2018 06:55 PM

FARMINGTON -- The Farmington Police Department is calling the article about crime in the town misleading.


Earlier this week, an article published a website called 24/7 Wall Street portrayed Farmington as having a higher rate of violent crime than Albuquerque. While the article did note that Farmington was part of a metropolitan statistical area, it did not clarify well enough that the crime numbers were from the MSA as a whole and not just the town of Farmington.

This means that the numbers not only reflected violent crime in Farmington but a handful of surrounding towns as well, such as Bloomfield, Aztec, Kirtland and parts of the Navajo Nation.

In a statement released on the Farmington Police Department Facebook page, Police Chief Steve Hebbe wrote: “I’m disappointed with yet another article that distorts the image of our city. Like many communities, we do have some violent crime. However, our incidents of random violent crime are significantly less than this article insinuates.” 

Authorities say that of the 5,500 square miles of the MSA, Farmington is only 32 square miles of it.


Meg Hilling

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