Law Enforcement Academy Votes To Undo Training Changes

Jul 16, 2014

  The board for the state's main law enforcement academy has decided to undo training changes that lowered firearms scores and equalized physical tests among male and female cadets.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy board voted unanimously to reverse the changes adopted last year by director Jack Jones following complaints by police chiefs and sheriffs that the academy wasn't properly preparing cadets.

Officials had said the changes could reduce police shootings, although some critics argued otherwise.

The board voted Wednesday to adopt a new curriculum, but the handful of protesters gathered outside continued with their criticism.

Board members asked Jones for copies of the old curriculum so they could compare it to the latest changes and determine at their next meeting whether any more alterations need to be made.

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