- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

KIRTLAND, N.M. (AP) - Law enforcement training officials in San Juan County are teaching cadets a new model for use of force following guideline changes earlier this year.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/1xf4buH) that the new lesson model incorporates legal principles that permit an officer to use force and when the use of force is appropriate.

The board that oversees the Criminal Justice Training Authority approved Wednesday holding a training session for instructors on the “constitution-based” use-of-force model in the spring.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board voted in July to stop training officers in the “Reactive Control Model.” That model instructs officers to use a scaled response to resistance or aggression.

Officials have not said if the switch was influenced by scrutiny of police tactics across the country in recent months.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com

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