Law enforcement academy board reconsiders rules

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Last year the people responsible for certifying police officers throughout the state changed the standards. Now the board in charge of the state’s main law enforcement academy is changing the rules again.

LEA Dir. Jack Jones made changes last year because he said he was getting complaints the academy wasn’t preparing cadets properly. The academy was lopped down from 22 to 16 weeks, lowered firearms requirements and equalized physical fitness tests for female and male cadets.

The board voted to undo changes to lower cadets’ firearms scores, raising the requirement back to 80 percent.

“I don’t like lowering standards on anything. That just breeds bad things when you start lowering standards,” Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon told KRQE News 13.

It was also decided the Attorney General’s office would explore if it’s right to hold men and women to the same physical fitness test standards. Some on the board worry that policy will hurt efforts to recruit more women.

The board voted to tentatively approve a new curriculum that Jones says could reduce police shootings, though some argue the changes may increase them.

The LEA board is looking at calling another meeting in the next month to address other issues.

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