PRESS RELEASE: DWI checkpoints to be conducted in August and September

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in partnership with surrounding law enforcement agencies, will be conducting DWI checkpoints during August and September. The checkpoints are 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. In addition to conducting checkpoints, FPD continues to promote their RADD campaign, which encourages drivers to report aggressive and drunk drivers by calling 911.


Traffic Tuesday

Why do we disclose the location of our focused traffic enforcements?

Traffic Tuesday 1

Our Traffic Division monitors activity throughout Farmington and focuses their efforts on high problem areas where speeding and crashes are common occurrences. We’ve been sharing our focused enforcements on Facebook and are frequently asked why we disclose the locations. Our goal isn’t to get out there and write as many tickets as possible, but rather to prevent traffic violations and reduce the number of crashes by being highly visible to the public. This helps to serve as a deterrent, reminding people to slow down and abide by traffic laws. In addition, it increases transparency and public participation. We want you to know about the problems we face and how we are working to solve those problems. We also need your help to make Farmington the best place to live, work, and play.

Starting today through the end of August, our Traffic Division will be focusing their efforts on East and West Main near both Walmarts. These are areas where crashes commonly occur. Please help us keep our roadways safe by observing the rules of the road and Reporting Aggressive and Drunk Driving by calling 911. #RADD #slowdown#waittotext #traffictuesday


PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police seeking information on suspect who assaulted a woman in Berg Park

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a serious assault and attempted sexual assault that occurred in the area of Berg Park around 3:00 p.m. on July 21. A 25-year -old female was walking on a trail when she was grabbed from behind. The woman was able to fight off her attacker and call for help. She was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and treated for injuries sustained in the struggle. The woman was released a few hours later.

The suspect is described as a Native American male, thin build, around six feet tall, wearing a white bandanna, white long sleeve shirt and black pants. Farmington detectives are working on several leads but are requesting additional help from the public to assist in the investigation.

Chief Hebbe expressed FPD’s dedication to keeping the park safe, “The Riverwalk is one of many beautiful assets in our community, frequented by individuals and families seeking outdoor recreation year round. Violent crimes are very rare on the trails, but all citizens should exercise caution when traveling alone. We want our citizens to continue enjoying the area and FPD has increased patrols to deter any further incidents. You will see a noticeable increase in the number of officers present as we work to find this suspect and ensure the trails remain a safe place for everyone.”

Anyone with information may contact the Detective Division at 599-1005. Anonymous tips may be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 334-TIPS. We will update you with any new information as the investigation progresses.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police respond to stabbing, one in custody

Farmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched to the Anasazi Inn yesterday around 3:55 p.m. in reference to a male who had been stabbed. Officers arrived and found 33-year-old Joshua Couillard of Farmington with a stab wound to his upper left thigh. Officers rendered aid until medics arrived and transported him to San Juan Regional Medical Center. Through investigation, officers learned that Couillard and another male, identified as 33-year-old Rodriguez Lee of Shiprock, had been in an altercation at the Roadrunner Car Wash on Broadway and Lake Street. During the altercation, Lee stabbed Couillard in the leg. Coulliard then went to the Anasazi Inn where an employee called police. Officers located Lee walking in the vicinity. He was transported to the Farmington Police Department for questioning and subsequently arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center with bond to be set at his first hearing. Couillard was treated for his injury and released from the hospital.

PRESS RELEASE: Special Police Week Coffee with a Cop to take place this Saturday, K9s, SWAT, Bomb Unit, and bike giveaway

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in partnership with the Bronson Family McDonald’s, will host a special Police Week Coffee with a Cop. The event will take place Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at McDonald’s located at 4750 E. Main in Farmington. The special event will include a meet and greet with members of FPD’s K9 Unit and displays by their SWAT team and Bomb Unit. In addition, the FPD District Coordinator Unit will be giving away a bicycle and McDonald’s will be providing a bike helmet to the winner.

The Bronson Family McDonald’s reached out to FPD and offered their first Coffee with a Cop in August of 2016. Since then, they’ve hosted a total of three events. The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve.

*Media is welcome to attend this event.

*Event flyer attached

Police Week 2017


PRESS RELEASE: Crawford Family procession

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department will be joining the Crawford Family procession between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on U.S. Highway 64 near Andrea Drive. FPD is asking motorists to please avoid the procession route during these hours as it will be extremely congested and roads may be shut down to accommodate them. Anyone who would like to pay their respects to the Crawford Family, is welcome to stand outside their parked vehicles along the route.

Procession Route:
U.S. 550 through Bloomfield to U.S. 64 and will continue along Murray Drive, then west on Main Street in Farmington to Apache Drive and will end at Farmington Funeral Home located at the 2111 W. Apache Street.


Crawford Procession


PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested for armed robbery, aggravated burglary

Farmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched to San Juan Regional Medical Center around 1:00 p.m. on Monday in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived and learned 33-year-old Pete Kimbell had been stabbed multiple times by 34-year-old Derek James. James and another male, whose identity is unknown, entered Kimbell’s home in the 2300 block of West Apache and attacked him. During the encounter, James punched Kimbell and stabbed him multiple times with a knife. The two men took an unspecified amount of money and jewelry from Kimbell’s residence before leaving. After the men left, Kimbell flagged down a man outside his house and requested to be taken to the hospital where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police located James at his home in Farmington. He was arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

FPD is still searching for the other suspect who is described as a bald Native American male in his late 30s. Anyone with information about this incident may call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at (505) 334-TIPS.