Consulting groups thinks state should pay for school security

Created: 01/15/2014 5:28 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

One New Mexico school district just finished a complete look at its safety and security, right before the tragedy in Roswell.

Now, the security company in the Four Corners that handled it thinks the state should pay for all New Mexico schools to take a closer look.

Mike Fauteaux and other retired police officers started School Security Consulting Incorporated.

They look at everything, from weaknesses in the school boundaries, to safety protocols.

"In this program we go to individual schools in the district and we start at the perimeter and boundaries of the schools and work our way inward," said Fauteaux.

But these services can get expensive, so Fauteaux would like to see the State get involved.

"What we'd like to do is work with the state and try to get it to where the districts don't have to pay for these assessments that the state picks this tab up," he said.

They say if the state pays for schools to get these services, it would give each school district equally secure campuses.

"Many school districts just don't have the budget right now even though security is primary," he said.

Aztec Municipal School District says they're a lot safer after having school security consulting come in and review their policies.

The district says these services brought fresh eyes to their security policies.

"There have been some things that we can address immediately and then there's things that for all practical purposes we have to plan for," said Kirk carpenter, Superintendent for Aztec Municipal School District.

Before and especially after the tragedy in Roswell, safety is a top priority.

"Security for our kids is number one and it should not be dictated on the amount of money that the school has for that type of thing," said Fauteaux. 

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