PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police Department to host public forum on use of force policies

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is offering a chance for the public and media to meet and discuss the agency’s use of force policies. Attorney Eric Daigle, national expert, will be discussing national trends and FPD’s policy during a public forum on Tuesday, August 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Farmington Civic Center. The department has been working with the Daigle Law Group for the past year on best practices in regards to use of force policies. Chief Hebbe explained, “The community’s safety is FPD’s number one priority. We want our officers to be equipped with the tools and training to de-escalate situations with minimal use of force.”

Use of force has been an important discussion topic for communities and their police departments over the last few years. The Farmington Police Department understands that the way use of force is handled, can affect a community’s trust in their department. Mr. Daigle is in town to train FPD’s supervisors and officers on the new policy. The public forum is being offered for the community to hear his perspective. “I’m very confident the FPD is on the right path to providing the most modern policies and training,” Chief Hebbe said. “We’re looking at all aspects of this issue: how our officers use force, when they use force and how the department documents and investigates use of force. We’ll now be in line with the most current national standards.”

The Farmington Police Department is pleased to offer the community this opportunity to learn more about its efforts. For additional information about the Daigle Law Group, visit daiglelawgroup.com.

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