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Release Date: 09/17/2014

Incident Type: Clovis Police Administration Investigating Arrest And Use of Force During August 2014 Traffic Stop

Contact Person:  Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis, NM – September 17, 2014 – Clovis Police Administration and Supervisors have been reviewing a Use of Force Report, Arrest Reports and accompanying incident video in an on-going preliminary inquiry of use of force since early August stemming from an August 3, 2014 traffic stop and arrest by a Clovis Police Officer.

Based upon the preliminary inquiry and recommendations of police supervisors through the chain of command, which has been on-going since the incident occurred on August 3, 2014, a formal Internal Affairs Investigation has been initiated by the Office of Professional Standards to investigate if any Clovis Police Department Policy, Regulation or Procedure has been violated in the case by the Officer involved. The Clovis Police Officer involved in the arrest and use of force case was placed on limited duty and removed from working in the public until the conclusion and outcome of the formal investigation.

The investigation into this matter was initiated internally in August by the Officer’s chain of command of supervisors after routine review of the Officer’s daily incident reports and use of force reporting. There has been no complaint received from the arrested party in this case.

All allegations of misconduct are taken very seriously and thoroughly investigated by the Clovis Police Department, whether a potential issue is discovered internally or received from a citizen complaint. The appropriate action is taken regardless of the people involved. As with any investigation, it takes time to conduct a fair and impartial investigation while abiding by constituted law and department policies. New Mexico State Statute, Article 14 – Peace Officer’s Employer-Employee Relations Act, 29-14-1 through 29-14-11, dictates the rules about how a peace officer is to be treated by an employer when under an investigation for an administrative matter and that Officer’s rights, roles and responsibilities under the Act.

Due to the personnel issues involved, there will be no comment made about the on-going internal investigation until a thorough investigation has been conducted and an adjudication of the investigation has been completed.

 

Release Date: 8/12/2014
Incident Type:  School Zone Awareness And School Zone Speed Enforcement in Clovis
Contact Person: Sergeant Daron Roach, 575-763-9427

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind everyone the local schools are back in session as of Monday, August 18, 2014. In the morning hours, prior to school and in the afternoon following school letting out, Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting speed enforcement and traffic safety patrols in the designated school zones. Officers will be specifically targeting speeders in these areas. The school zones are clearly marked and are a maximum speed of 15 Miles Per Hour.  We are asking everyone to please pay special attention to your speed and watch out for the children and crossing guards, as well as, school buses loading and offloading children at schools and in the neighborhoods.

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you that Officers will be out in force to make sure that the children and crossing guards are safe in the designated school zones all school year. There is a Zero Tolerance Policy for speeding in school zones. The fine for speeding in a school zone is $161.  It is also illegal to pass a stopped or stopping school bus that has its stop sign deployed and flashing warning lights activated. The fine for passing a school bus when loading or unloading children is also $161.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:11 )
 

Release Date:    August 6, 2014

Incident Type:   Citizens Police Academy

Contact Person:   Amy Sellers-Parker (575) 763-9416

The Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police, are seeking participants for the 21st Session of the Citizens Police Academy. Classes will be held on Tuesday, beginning September 2, 2014, for twelve (12) weeks, ending November 18, 2014.

The Citizens Police Academy is a guide to give you a better understanding of the rigors a police officer must endure.

Classes include:

  • Criminal Law
  • Investigations
  • Traffic Law and Crash Investigation
  • Drug Interdiction
  • Domestic Violence

This is just a few of the many classes which are scheduled to be conducted during your education. Officers who are trained in particular areas will instruct the classes and you will experience hands-on exercises in crime scene investigations, firearms and driving to name a few. If you are interested in signing up for the upcoming class, you can pick up an application at the Clovis Police Department in the Records section, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by contacting Amy Sellers-Parker at (575) 763-9416. Deadline for application is August 19, 2014.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:49 )
 

Release Date:  July 14th, 2014

Incident Type: Fatal Traffic Accident – 7th Street and Norris Street

Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis – July 14th, 2014 – On Sunday, July 13th, 2014, at approximately 2:27 AM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the intersection of 7th Street and Norris Street on a report of a single vehicle rollover collision.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers located evidence a black Hyundai was traveling at a high rate of speed, westbound on 7th Street at the intersection of Marlene Blvd. The evidence indicates the Hyundai lost control and traveled into the parking lot of 2400 E. 7 th Street and struck a protective barrier for the fire hydrant located there.

The Hyundai continued westbound through the parking lot of 2300 E. 7th Street and struck the west curb line of the lot. This caused the Hyundai to roll several times, ejecting the passenger from inside the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle was fatally injured and pronounced dead on the scene.

The occupants of the Hyundai are Airmen from Cannon Air Force Base with off base residences in Clovis. The owner and driver of the Hyundai has been identified as 20 year old Tylan Bolden. The passenger is identified as 22 year old Andrew Padilla. The crash investigation is being conducted by the Clovis Police Department's Major Crash Team. The investigation is continuing as speed and alcohol are factors in the collision.

No charges have been filed, but the team is working in conjunction with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

There is no other information available at this time.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2014 10:49 )
 

Release Date: July 12, 2014

Incident Type: Homicide Investigation - 413 N. Sheldon Street; Arrest of Eric Valdez

Contact Person: Steve Sanders, Chief of Police, (575) 763-9416

Clovis – July 12, 2014 – On Monday, July 7, 2014, at approximately 12:20 PM, the Clovis Police Department responded to 413 N. Sheldon Street on a report of a dead body found in a vacant house bathroom. Patrol officers found Jose Barrera, age 33, inside the home. Mr. Barrera is the victim of a gun-shot wound to the head.  The New Mexico Office of Medical Investigators provided a preliminary finding of homicide for Mr. Barrera.

The investigation, conducted by member agencies of the 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit (MCU), developed a time line of Mr. Barrera's activities before being discovered by officers. Several interviews were conducted, search warrants were completed and the investigation lead to the identity of Mr. Eric Valdez, also known as “SPANKY,” as the perpetrator of this crime.

Mr. Valdez was taken into custody on Friday, July 11th, 2014 at about 6:40 PM on an unrelated charge. Mr. Valdez was brought to the Clovis Police Station where he was interviewed by detectives. Mr. Valdez acknowledged his participation in the homicide of Mr. Barrera as the shooter. The motive for the homicide stemmed from a conflict between Mr. Barrera and Mr. Valdez involving Mr. Valdez's minor daughter.  Detectives  are continuing the investigation to provide greater detail to the motive.

An arrest warrant was completed and served on Mr. Valdez. He was charged with an open count of 1st Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence.  Mr. Valdez has been booked into the Curry County Detention Center and his bond is $100,000.00 cash.

There is no other information available at this time.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2014 10:43 )
 
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