Posts Tagged ‘New Mexico’

NMSP chief urges more transparency

December 13, 2017

In New Mexico the Law Enforcement Academy Board has the authority to suspend or revoke officer certification. Its decisions are public but supporting documents are not posted, although they can be obtained through a public records request. According to this article, the state police chief has suggested posting the full record in the interest of transparency and to ensure that any agency considering hiring a previously fired officer has ready access to such information.

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Transparency or public relations?

October 26, 2017

This article reviews police practices in releasing body cam video, noting a tendency to promote positive stories while refusing to provide video in situations where actions might have been improper. This pattern risks hurting police legitimacy if the public comes to believe that officials are cherry-picking what to release rather than truly honoring transparency.

Making the transition from soldier to cop

March 31, 2017

This article highlights challenges faced by officers and their departments when transitioning from combat to civilian policing. National data are elusive but the rate of psychological issues, including PTSD and suicide, seems higher among returning soldiers. In addition, veterans’ preference in police hiring often interferes with efforts to increase the number of women and minority officers.

Recruiting challenges widespread

March 19, 2017

This article reviews hiring difficulties facing police agencies around the country. Many are below authorized strength for reasons such as the improving economy, stagnating police wages, the demanding nature of the job, and negative perceptions following high-profile death in custody incidents.

Warrior skills, guardian mindset

October 8, 2015

This article reports a variety of de-escalation initiatives being emphasized by police departments around the country and highlights one Virginia agency’s training approach based on analyzing and discussing¬†videos from North Charleston, Seattle, and Albuquerque. In that chief’s view,¬†“In today’s world, you need the skill set of a warrior and the mindset of a guardian.”