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Report recommends changes to sheriff’s office’s policies

September 26, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An independent review of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office offers 22 recommendations on the department’s use of force and pursuit policies.

The recommendations in the review released Tuesday include adding definitions related to the use of force and legal standards for using both non-deadly and deadly force to initiation and termination of pursuit policies and restrictions on deadly force.

The report also recommends editing some language within policies, adding some additional definitions and organizing the policies differently.

Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins says the sheriff seems to be open to any recommendations included in the report.

Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III tells KOB-TV that the department will look into adding more definitions to make things more clear.

He says the report may also lead to additional training.

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