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LCPD "ride-alongs" cut after officer arrest

Published On: Sep 01 2013 07:16:13 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 01:37:55 PM CST

LCPD puts ride-alongs on hold

EL PASO, Texas -

The Las Cruces Police Department tells ABC-7 "ride-alongs" with police officers have been cut indefinitely. This is a result of the recent arrest of 37-year-old veteran detective Michael Garcia.

Last week Garcia resigned, less than five days after he was arrested on felony charges for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl inside his unmarked police car in 2011

The statement of facts said Garcia stopped the police unit and allegedly started to fondle the 17-year-old girl.

Police say they planning on reviewing and possibly revising their ride-along policies.

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