Albuquerque Public Schools has its own sworn police force of 56 officers, all of whom carry guns, district spokesman Rigo Chavez said Friday. Twenty-six of those officers are assigned to schools, and the rest work patrol around the district.
Some Albuquerque schools also are staffed with school resource officers from the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Chavez says. Those officers also are armed, both inside the schools and out.
Until September 2007, APS officers were classified as only a “security” force and had to keep their firearms locked in the trunks of their cars during school hours. They needed permission from the superintendent to arm themselves. The district voted to arm officers after a months-long public debate.
— This article appeared on page A6 of the Albuquerque Journal