Law enforcement academy releases curriculum

Posted at: 03/20/2014 10:13 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A recently released copy of the curriculum New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy instructors are given to teach to their cadets answers questions raised recently about how New Mexico officers are trained on the use of force.

The lesson plan for “officer survival” reveals instructions for officers to “develop a warrior mindset” when faced with dangerous suspects. There’s also a timeline showing cadets what would happen if a suspect killed them, including moments like "Monday, 2:17 p.m. - After everyone is gone, cemetery workers lower your casket into a hole in the ground and dump 110 cubic feet of dirt on top of you including a mound of earth on top."

There’s also advice for officers to “avoid financial responsibility” in the case of a civil lawsuit. The documents show officers are taught to think of more than just imminent danger; they have to anticipate the legal and departmental consequences that could follow.

The Department of Public Safety says they’ve taught these tenets for decades, but this year they’ve added more role playing scenarios, meant to prepare officers for the complex situations they’ll face on the streets.