What would it take to be an armed officer at a New Mexico school?
March 31, 2018 10:22 PM
EDGEWOOD, N.M. – Three security guards, all with the Dulce Independent School District, have spent the last six days going through 50 hours of gun training funded by the district.
David Brown, lead instructor for Triad Defense, says the idea is to have trained security in schools.
"I have children myself, and I want my children safe," Brown said. "But I want my children covered with people that are experienced and trained."
The 50 hours of training is one of three options school districts can choose from, the others being having a police officer on campus or contracting with a private company.
This option, Brown says, is more cost-effective. The training involves defense tactics, officer survival and focusing on safety for the public.
"The guards are placed on staff and on salary for the schools, as opposed to bringing a private agency," he said.
One of the school district's security officers says the district hasn't actually approved having armed officers on school grounds just yet. But, he says, if it does, those three officers will be ready.
"This particular program is in its absolute infantile state," he said. "In fact, this 50-hour week training class here that was put on today is the first of its kind."
The training program has been put in place by insurance agencies; so far, there aren't any level three security guards authorized at New Mexico schools.
"What you have here, in fact, is a program that the state has sanctioned," Brown said.
Updated: March 31, 2018 10:22 PM
Created: March 31, 2018 09:32 PM
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