PRESS RELEASE: Farmington detectives intercept gun-theft/trafficking ring

Farmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department arrested two suspects in a gun-theft/trafficking ring uncovered following a burglary investigation. On July 11 around 4:00 a.m. officers were dispatched to East Main Trade Center for a burglary alarm. Officers arrived and found a metal security door that had been forced open and glass broken out of the door. Officers didn’t find any suspects at the scene but recovered shoe impressions and blood. Detectives later learned the blood belonged to one of two suspects who cut himself on the broken glass. FPD detectives and gang unit detectives initiated an investigation, which continued throughout the night for 48 hours. Members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Albuquerque office later joined the investigation to assist our personnel.

Initial leads were narrowed and focused on two suspects identified through video surveillance. Detectives remembered a previous contact with individuals whose clothing resembled those of the suspects in the video. These small, distinct details ultimately led to the arrest of Kenneth Alcon, 26, and Isaiha Trujillo, 22, both of Farmington. Alcon was arrested on July 12 on charges of aggravated burglary (armed after enter) (with use of a firearm), larceny of a firearm, felon in possession and criminal damage to property. Trujillo was arrested early morning on July 13 on charges of aggravated burglary (armed after entering) (with use of a firearm), conspiracy, larceny of a firearm and criminal damage to property. At least five other suspects have been identified and are being investigated in relation to the gun-theft/trafficking ring.

Search warrants obtained by detectives and gang unit detectives resulted in the recovery of over 20 firearms from multiple locations and vehicles. Some of the firearms were those taken from East Main Trade Center and others reported to have been stolen previously. Three of the firearms were recovered from a residence in the 900 block of Hollywood Street.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time. Anyone with information about stolen guns and/or gun trafficking is asked to please call Farmington detectives at 599-1005. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington resident arrested on robbery charge

Farmington, NM – Farmington Police were dispatched around 5:40 p.m. yesterday to Smith’s Grocery Store located at 600 E. 20th in reference to a robbery. Officers arrived on scene and learned that 24-year-old Raheem Benally, armed with a knife, approached a man and attempted to take his mountain bike. The incident occurred near the southwest entrance of the business. The two men struggled and the victim, a 47-year-old man from Farmington, was able to get the knife away from Benally. The victim was knocked to the ground during the struggle at which time Benally grabbed the man’s wallet and fled.

Benally was located at Brookside Park near the skate ramps. When he saw officers, he ran into the wooded area and hid. Officers established a perimeter; New Mexico State Police and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. An FPD K9 Unit was sent into the wooded area to search for the suspect. He was located around 7:20 and taken into custody. Benally was arrested and charged with robbery, resisting and evading, and trespassing.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police connecting with kids through book sharing

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Farmington, NM – This Friday the Farmington Police Department will be breaking ground on a new initiative aimed at connecting kids and police through book sharing. The initiative…Little Free Library book exchanges. The libraries will be placed at Jaycee Park and Mossman Gladden Park and will contain books for kids and adults. Installation begins tomorrow and dedications will take place next week.

The FPD District Coordinator Unit is spearheading the project. The idea came after DCU Officer Michele DeLese researched the topic and discovered the Little Free Library national non-profit organization. The organization’s Kids, Community & Cops program help law enforcement and civic groups create positive interactions with youth. The organization’s website explains,

Little Free Library book exchanges benefit community law enforcement efforts in four ways:

  1. Supporting literacy. Little Free Libraries improve book access and thus help improve low literacy rates. Recent research by the Department of Justice shows that low literacy is strongly connected to crime and delinquency; by providing book access, police officers help stop delinquency issues before they start.
  2. Forging new partnerships. A Little Free Library program can attract new partnerships with community groups and demonstrate a heightened commitment to neighborhoods served.
  3. Opening the door to additional services. Activities such as book drives, story times, and other events give reasons for officers to interact directly with kids and their parents. In addition to generally promoting public trust, these interactions have led adults to pursue other programs with their local police.
  4. Providing stories of community service. The colorful book exchanges and supportive interactions provide opportunities for positive publicity and make for great stories in the press, expanding the good feelings beyond the immediate neighborhood served.

The organization gave away 100 libraries through an application process; FPD applied and was awarded one. The second library was donated by a local community member.  The Farmington Police Department hopes to expand this initiative in other neighborhoods throughout the city.

For more information about the Little Free Library organization, visit littlefreelibrary.org

Dedications will take place for each of the little libraries as follows:

Jaycee Park 1009 Cooper St
Tuesday, June 19
6:00 p.m.

Mossman Gladden Park 2115 Camina Placer
Thursday, June 21
6:00 p.m.

*Thursday dedication will include a ribbon cutting by the Chamber of Commerce Redcoats

Chief of Police Steve Hebbe will be at both dedications to read a story to the kids.

The FPD mobile command unit and bomb robot will be at both events.

The is a FREE public event

*Media is welcome to attend.

PUBLIC NOTICE

CALEA On-site Assessment & Public Hearing

The Farmington Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment for their reaccreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The CALEA accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedure, administration, operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, FPD employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public hearing on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The hearing will be conducted at Farmington City Hall inside council chambers located at 800 Municipal Dr.

Department employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling the assessment team at (505) 599-1095 on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Comments made at the hearing or by phone are limited to 10 minutes and must address FPD’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. Individuals may obtain a copy of the standards by contacting FPD’s accreditation manager at (505) 599-1075.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about FPD’s ability to comply with CALEA standards for accreditation may send them to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police Department announces upcoming reaccreditation assessment

Public hearing will offer the community an opportunity to provide comments on FPD’s ability to comply with standards 

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is proud to announce their upcoming Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies on-site assessment. The assessment will take place June 18 through the 21. During this time, a team of CALEA law enforcement executives will audit records, conduct personnel interviews and evaluate staff performance to verify FPD meets professional standards to maintain accreditation. Participation in CALEA is a voluntary process which requires law enforcement agencies to comply with over 450 state-of-the-art standards covering four basic areas: policy and procedure, administration, operations and support services. Accreditation is a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The Farmington Police Department first became accredited on July 29, 1995 and has passed each of the reaccreditation assessments on July 29, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 and most recent in 2015.

The assessment process includes a public hearing, which will take place on June 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Farmington City Hall inside council chambers located at 800 Municipal Dr. This is an opportunity for the public and FPD employees to offer comments about the department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. The hearing will be broadcast live and video recorded.

Anyone who is unable to attend the public hearing but would like to provide comments to the assessment team may call (505) 599-1095 on Tuesday, June 19 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Written comments may be submitted to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155

Comments made at the hearing or by phone are limited to 10 minutes and must address FPD’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. Individuals may obtain a copy of the standards by contacting FPD’s accreditation manager at (505) 599-1075.

For more information about CALEA, please visit their website at calea.org. Requests for information may also be made in writing to CALEA at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; by calling (703) 352-4225 or by email to calea@calea.org.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating possible murder-suicide

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a possible murder-suicide after a man and woman were found dead inside their home. Officers were dispatched to a residence in East Farmington on Monday around 8:40 a.m. after a family member found 73-year-old Sheryl Lund with a gunshot wound and 72-year-old Steven Lund with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Both individuals are reported to have been suffering from medical conditions. The incident remains under investigation, and additional details are not being released at this time.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police to conduct sobriety checkpoint this weekend

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Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is working to keep our roadways safe and free from impaired drivers. This weekend FPD, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint as part of the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s ENDDWI campaign. The campaign was created to help reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities on our roadways.

Corporal Johnston with the FPD Traffic Division said, “These types of crashes can be completely avoidable if people would just choose not to drink and drive.” He further explained, “It’s important that we work together as a community to put an end to DWI; if you see a suspected drunk driver, call 911 and report them.”