Farmington police increase concentrated patrols in city parks

Officer Coombs (far left) and Officer Mason (far right) pose with local kids enjoying the Brookside Skate Park.

Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department has seen success with increased patrols of city parks. The increased patrols are part of larger concentrated operations implemented earlier this year to decrease crime in parks and surrounding areas. The operations are a coordinated effort by members of the SWAT Team, Impact Team, and Real Time Crime Center.

Earlier this year, FPD started concentrated operations at Brookside Park after seeing an uptick in calls for service to the area. Recognizing that families and teens typically frequent the park, FPD responded to the concerning new trend with a targeted operation of strategic traffic and foot patrols, conducted every Friday and Saturday from 7 pm until 11 pm for the entire month of August. The Brookside Park Operation resulted in 24 total arrests, including four DWIs, nine warrants, and seven liquor violations. Overall, these strategic efforts increased park safety for individuals and families.

Concentrated operations started at  Berg Park and along the riverwalk on October 8 and will continue in the coming weeks. The first operation resulted in 10 arrests, including four warrants and three liquor violations. Officers and the RTCC will continue to work together throughout the current operation to make this another successful patrol. FPD is dedicated to a safe community and encourages citizens to safely enjoy our city’s many outdoor amenities.

Community Update

VIDEO PRESS RELEASE: Church burglary suspect arrested

November 4, 2014

This community update was recorded courtesy of San Juan Safe Communities Initiative. Working together to keep our community a safe place to live, work and play.

Farmington, NM – At approximately 12:56 a.m. today, Farmington police were dispatched to Crossroads Community Church on North Butler in reference to an alarm. When police arrived, they learned that one of the church’s windows had been broken. Officers, along with a K9 unit, conducted a search of the building and surrounding area. While they were searching, a nearby resident flagged down one of the officers and informed him that an unknown subject had just fled from his backyard. The subject, later identified as 23-year-old Nathaniel Silversmith, was located in front of a home on Mossman Drive. Police questioned Silversmith and a detective was called out to help process the scene. Silversmith was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $10,900 bond.