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New Mexico Sheriff To Offer Use Of Force Class For Public

New Mexico Sheriff To Offer Use Of Force Class For Public

For the second time this year, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office will offer a one-day class to educate the public on the use of force in police work, and the decisions law enforcement officers are trained to make in potentially deadly situations, according to a news release.

“Law Enforcement Use of Force: What the Community Needs to Know” will be hosted at DASO headquarters, 845 N. Motel Blvd., from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 7.

The class is free and open to the public, the release said. Due to the subject matter, the class is limited to the first 25 people who apply. Lunch will be provided.

The class also includes a shoot/don’t shoot simulated scenario for participants, along with detailed information on the various classes and curriculum law enforcement officers are required to learn.

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  1. Erik Thompson

    I took this class last year. have a law degree and spent several years as a criminal defense attorney. I am not a person that most LEO’s would view as a friendly participant in something like this. The class is one of the best I have ever taken and should be included as part of a Continuing Legal Education Class It was invaluable in teaching the public about the split second decisions that have to be made by law enforcement on a daily basis. It also, in my opinion, is great PR for Law Enforcement. It shows that cops aren’t all maniacal warriors out to shoot, beat and tase people. I would encourage other Departments to follow suit, maybe request that the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department video the class, or send a copy of the materials. I recommend this class to everyone I can, but especially defense attorneys. Investigator Larry Louick and Major Brent Barlow did an excellent job.

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