New Mexico Police Chief: Curriculum To Be Released

Mar 6, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says the Department of Public Safety soon will release new state police training material critics say gives officers more leeway to use deadly force.

Kassetas told The Associated Press on Wednesday drafts of the material will be released next week. But he said a small portion will be redacted since it deals with sensitive tactical training and could put officers in danger if it is made public.

The draft of the new curriculum still needs approval from the Law Enforcement Academy Board.

American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico announced Tuesday it had filed an open records request to examine proposed changes to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy curriculum. Academy director Jack Jones told the Santa Fe New Mexican last month that he'd rather burn the training materials than release them.