04/28/2014

NM police agency ramps up crisis training

Only about a quarter of the agency's officers have been trained in crisis intervention practices during their careers

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department is stepping up the training of its officers.

Only about a quarter of the agency's officers have been trained in crisis intervention practices during their careers. But now the department plans to provide that training to all its officers.

A recent U.S. Department of Justice report critical of the department as having excessive use of force and other shortcomings recommended changes to its crisis intervention training.

The first new crisis-intervention class of 35 officers starts Monday, and the department's goal is to have 100 percent certification within 18 months.

The training includes both classroom time as well as role-playing exercises involving multiple scenarios such as dealing with a potential suicidal jumper.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

Associated PressCopyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Back to previous page