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.

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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.”

PRESS RELEASE: Student charged for making weapons on campus

Farmington, NM – The Career and Technology Education Center located at 301 N. Court Ave. was placed on a lockdown this morning. The lockdown was prompted after a teacher discovered a 15-year-old welding student had made weapons (hatchets) during class. The teacher confronted the student and he fled from the building. The CATE Center was placed on lockdown and the Farmington High School was placed on a preventative lockdown as this is where the student’s next class was scheduled. Farmington police were dispatched to the incident around 9:40 a.m. They located the suspect at his home and placed him into custody. Officers learned he had taken money from his mother to flee the area. He is facing charges of carrying or making a weapon on a school campus, disrupting the educational process and felony larceny.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police revisit cold case homicide, asking for public’s assistance

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Farmington, NM – Detectives with the Farmington Police Department are seeking information about a cold case homicide that took place nearly eight and a half years ago. On October 21, 2009 around 12:54 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area west of the Auburn Trailer Park located at 951 N. Auburn, in reference to a found body. Officers responded to the area and discovered a partially submerged adult male in the shallow brook west of the park. The male victim was quickly identified by family members who were on scene as 37-year-old Nathaniel Robert Morgan. The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator ruled Morgan’s manner of death as a homicide. It was apparent that he’d been involved in some type of physical altercation prior to his death.

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The last time Morgan was seen alive was the afternoon of October 20, 2009 when he was sitting on a lawn chair drinking by the stream with an unknown friend. The friend was described as a male, 25-to-35 years of age, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds with a shaved head.  Witnesses met with a forensic artist within days and a composite sketch was drawn and released to the media. The sketch generated numerous tips, which detectives followed up on. However, all leads were exhausted.

Farmington detectives are asking anyone with information about the altercation that occurred with Mr. Morgan or who recognize the composite sketch to call Detective Heather Chavez at 566-2370 or non-emergency dispatch at 334-6622. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police Department to host second presentation in “Choices” series: A look at domestic violence

Farmington, NM – A local survivor of domestic violence will share her courageous story with the community during a presentation on April 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sycamore Park Community Center. The presentation is part of the Farmington Police Department’s “Choices” series. The first presentation took place in January of this year and featured former gang member, Jorge Cuevas.

Domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence, is experienced by individuals and families nationwide. The abusive tactics used by a partner to control another can include physical, sexual and emotional violence as well as economic abuse and use of children to manipulate the victim into staying in the relationship. An estimated one in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. One in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year and 90 percent of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

During this free public event, the presenter will give a first-hand account of living with an abuser and how she was finally able to escape. A victim advocate and detective with the Farmington Police Department will provide an overview and local statistics of domestic violence. Representatives from local organizations will be available to provide resources to individuals in need of services.

*Media is welcome to attend the event. However, the presenter has requested that her name not be used is stories and that she not be photographed from the front.