Traffic Tuesday

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

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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

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Police Department to host women’s conference

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is working to support women in law enforcement. On November 9 and 10, FPD will host a conference aimed at providing quality training to female officers and non-sworn personnel who work in a law enforcement setting. The Southwest Women in Law Enforcement conference will bring together speakers from New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois and Texas. Topics at the two-day training will address issues faced by women working in a law enforcement setting. This is the first training of its kind to be hosted by FPD, and the department hopes to make it reoccurring. Chief Hebbe explained why the department decided to organize a conference of this nature, “In the United States, women account for approximately 12% of police, which is about where FPD falls. These numbers are not reflective of our population. There is a variety of reasons why women either don’t enter the field of law enforcement, or enter and leave prior to completing their careers to retirement.”

Some of the issues women in law enforcement face are the same as in any other profession: balancing family and career, gender bias and sexual harassment. Issues that are more prominent in law enforcement include a lack of peer acceptance, lack of mentors/role models and the perception that women have to “act like men” to fit in a male dominated field. Conference presenters will address such topics and share how they’ve overcome adversity, succeeding in their careers.

Law enforcement has evolved significantly over the last 50 years and is much more diverse than when women first entered the profession in the early 1900s. Farmington Police Department wants to see the profession continue to evolve. The department is actively looking to recruit more women and provide a work environment conducive to career success. “We are hosting this conference to provide support and encouragement to women who may be experiencing various challenges in their law enforcement careers,” said Chief Hebbe. “Women are an asset to the profession, and it’s time we recognize and appreciate their contributions. Studies have shown that female officers can be more effective in utilizing communication skills to defuse hostile situations. This is an area the department strives to improve on. In addition, women bring another perspective to the profession, making us (law enforcement) better as a whole and more reflective of our community.”

Eighty women from 18 different agencies throughout New Mexico and Colorado have registered to attend the conference. Sergeant Sierra Tafoya, lead conference organizer, said, “We are pleased with our first year’s registration numbers and hope to increase them in the upcoming years. We’ll be collecting feedback from attendees so that improvements can be made for future attendees.”

For more information about the SWWLE conference, visit swwle.org.

*Media is welcome to attend

Dates/Times:        November 9th (7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) & 10th (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Place:                     Farmington Civic Center

Message from the chief

Moment of silence for Baton Rouge law enforcement

Greetings community,

As everyone is already aware, another horrific act of violence transpired over the weekend. Six more officers were targeted and shot; three of those officers were killed and a fourth is still fighting for his life. Such attacks on law enforcement are destructive to our communities and our country as a whole. While we all pray this does not become the “new normal,” Baton Rouge and Dallas have reminded us of the danger faced by officers every day.

The Farmington Police Department will be honoring the fallen officers by wearing badge bands until Thursday morning. Additionally, we have been contacted by many citizens who share our feelings of sadness and anger over events from the past two weeks. There is only so much we can do as individuals. Together, however, we can make a statement. Today, FPD will line up at 4:00 p.m. outside the Farmington Museum located at 3041 E. Main St. for a moment of silence in honor of the fallen/injured Baton Rouge officers and deputies. Dispatch will only send officers to emergency calls at this time. Our employees will activate their overheads and stand along Main Street, silently, for five minutes paying their respects to the men and women of Baton Rouge law enforcement and their community.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Aztec, Bloomfield, and Navajo Police Departments, and New Mexico State Police are invited to join us at the museum or in their respective communities. To any citizens who wish to participate, you may come to the museum and stand alongside our employees. If you can’t make it, we invite everyone to step outside their home or business at 4:00 and simply stand in unison until 4:05.

Alone or in small groups, watching these events unfold can feel overwhelming and hopeless. However, together, taking a few minutes to pause and stand as one, reminds each of us and everyone around the world, that we can make a difference. We can stand against hate and anarchy – against all those who see only the dark side of our nation. The three officers, and all our men and women in blue, stand for what is right in our country.

God bless the U.S.A. and protect all of us during these difficult times.

Chief Steve Hebbe

Traffic Tip Tuesday: Helmet safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This month’s Traffic Tip Tuesday topics will be dedicated to safe motorcycle riding. Today’s topic is helmet safety.

An unexpected Christmas

Greetings,

I want to pass on a brief story that just took place. Wednesday, officers responded to a local hotel to evict an individual who could no longer pay for her room. It turned out to be a mother and her four children. Officer Keith Herrera was the responding officer and instead of simply evicting her, he worked hard to help the woman find a place she could stay. He contacted several charities, however, none could accommodate her at this time. When the officer ran out of options, he contacted his supervisor and eventually his shift commander, Lt. Dale Bode. Lt. Bode used his own money to pay for four additional nights for the family to stay at the hotel. Officer Herrera gave the mother money for food. When word hit the station, employees donated additional money so the family could buy Christmas presents and would have gas money to get to Phoenix after the holiday. In total, individual FPD employees donated over $1,200 to the family. Additionally, Officer Herrera and Corporal Al Boognl picked up the family and took them to Target so they could do their Christmas shopping. Target was extremely supportive and donated to the family as well so that they would have a surprising and unexpected Christmas.

It can be easy to forget how many good people put on the blue uniform. Police officers see so much of the hopelessness of things around us, from alcohol and drug abuse to violence. We in Farmington are fortunate to have so many good men and women who are determined to make a difference in the world. As their chief, I am very proud of them. To the community, I ask you to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. I also ask you to remember all the men and women devoted to keeping us safe, even during the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

Chief Hebbe