- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The head of statewide training for police officers in New Mexico will leave his post at the end of the month.

A spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety confirmed Monday that Jack Jones will leave his position as director of the Santa Fe-based Law Enforcement Academy, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1PizgUg ). The department oversees the academy.

Clovis City Manager Larry Fry said Monday that Jones has applied to lead the police department there. The Clovis Police Department has between 60 to 65 certified officers in a town of 40,000 residents. Fry said he hasn’t yet interviewed any applicants.

The Department of Public Safety said in a statement that Jones did not give a reason for leaving the academy, nor did he say what he plans to do next.

Jones, a retired Army colonel, has more than 30 years of military experience and worked as a New Mexico State Police officer for 10 years. He joined the academy as deputy director in January 2013 and was promoted in June 2014.

Jones came under scrutiny after his promotion when he instituted a curriculum that placed less restraint on officers in deciding when to use deadly force. He also introduced a lesson plan to help cadets develop a “warrior mindset.”

Critics said the lesson plan could lead to an increase in rookie officers using deadly force.

James Hallinan, a spokesman for Attorney General Hector Balderas, who is the chairman of the academy’s board, said in a statement that Balderas was thankful for Jones’ services.

Balderas said earlier this year that he planned to review Jones’ curriculum, but he hasn’t publicly announced his thoughts or recommendations on how the director trained cadets.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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