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Albuquerque Police Hold Crisis Training Amid Probe

April 28, 2014

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The Albuquerque Police Department is stepping up the training of its officers.

Only about a quarter of the department's officers have been trained during their careers in crisis intervention practices, but now the department is going to provide that training to all of its officers.

A recent U.S. Department of Justice report critical of the department as having excessive use of force and other shortcomings recommended changes to its crisis intervention training.

The first new crisis-intervention class of 35 officers starts Monday, and the department's goal is to have 100 percent certification within 18 months.

The training includes both classroom time as well as role-playing exercises involving multiple scenarios such as dealing with a potential suicidal jumper.

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