PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police to receive training on procedural justice and police legitimacy

Farmington, NM – Several Farmington police officers will travel to Chicago this week to receive training on procedural justice and police legitimacy. Procedural justice is the process used by police officers where citizens are treated fairly and with proper respect. It focuses on how police interact with the public and how the public’s view of police is shaped by those interactions. Procedural justice consists of four core principles: giving others a voice (listening), neutrality in decision making, respectful treatment and trustworthiness. The practice of these concepts help strengthen the department’s relationship with the community and improve officer safety and efficiency. Police legitimacy refers to when a citizen feels that an officer should be deferred to, complied with and trusted.

The training was developed by Chicago Police Department’s Education and Training Division with support from two Yale law professors. It is a three-day train the trainer course, which means attendees will be equipped to train other employees upon their return. The course is appropriate for both sworn and civilian law enforcement personnel. Lecture materials will be provided and assistance will be given so that students may tailor their presentations for issues they are encountering.

Farmington Police Department will be sending two supervisors and two patrol officers to the training. The department will look at developing an accredited course to be offered at the local police academy.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police Department supervisors graduate from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University

Gibbons, Richard

Kee, Donnie

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Sergeant Richard Gibbons and Lieutenant Donnie Kee from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. The ten week program was held in Evanston, IL from March 16 to May 22, 2015. The program was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983 and has graduated over 14,000 students, both nationally and internationally. Gibbons and Kee were in SPSC Class 375, which accommodated 41 students.

The SPSC provides upper-level college instruction in 27 core blocks with additional elective blocks during each session. The major topics of study include: leadership, human resources, employee relations, organizational behavior, applied statistics, planning and policy development, budgeting and resource allocation.

Students are challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper, each of which are required parts of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded six units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University. Many of the program’s graduates go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies. The Farmington Police Department anticipates a variety of benefits from their supervisors’ attendance.

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the law enforcement community. Since its inception, the center has broadened its original objective and now provides a variety of courses and programs in the area of police training, management training and executive development.