Farmington police, nation work on arrest agreement


FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – Farmington police are working on an agreement with the Navajo Nation that would let Farmington officers make arrests on tribal land.

Farmington police Chief Steve Hebbe tells the Farmington Daily Times, that the agreement would likely be modeled after a similar one the nation signed with New Mexico State Police almost two years ago.

Hebbe says discussions are in a preliminary stage.

The police chief says the agreement would lead to better law enforcement and strengthen ties between the nation and the Farmington Police Department.

State police Sgt. Micah Doering says an important aspect of the State Police’s agreement with the nation is a clause that lets officers pursue suspects into tribal land and bring them back to non-Navajo territory without filing for extradition.

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Information from: The Daily Times

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