Police cadet training faces criticism

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man who oversees basic training for police cadets in New Mexico is defending his new curriculum which includes giving officers more leeway to use deadly force.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Jack Jones, director of the state’s law enforcement academy, has come under criticism for training officers based on a 1985 Supreme Court ruling which found an officer can use deadly force to stop a fleeing suspect if the officer feels the person could seriously hurt of kill someone.

Albuquerque police have come under fire for the number of police shootings over the past few years. APD officers do not go to the state academy, but undergo their own training.

Jones served in the military for more than 30 years and in the New Mexico State Police for 10. He was promoted to director in June.

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