Changes to police training are on the way in New Mexico. The New Mexico State Police Chief says the Department of Public Safety will soon release new state police training material.
But, critics say these give officers more leeway to use deadly force. Chief Pete Kassetas spoke with the Associated Press about the changes. Drafts of the new material are expected to be released next week but, a small portion will be redacted dealing with sensitive tactical training that could put officers in danger if it is made public.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed an open records request to examine proposed changes to the law enforcement academy curriculum.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported last month the academy director said he'd rather burn the training materials than release them. The draft of the new curriculum still needs approval from the law enforcement academy board.