PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police announce plan to increase police presence in schools

Farmington, NM – Earlier this week Farmington Police Department announced on Facebook that they met with representatives from the Farmington Municipal School District. The meeting was to discuss national events and how they can work together to increase safety for students and faculty. Their discussion included plans for an increased police presence in the schools and they anticipated having a finalized plan in place early next week. The plan has been finalized and today FPD announced that uniformed officers of all ranks, including the chief of police, will be making unannounced visits to the schools. The officers will be conducting walkthroughs of the campuses inside and out and will be speaking with students and staff. This is in addition to school resource officers already assigned to schools.

The plan was implemented yesterday and will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year. The public should please be advised, there may be several patrol vehicles in a school parking lot at once during unscheduled visits.

Chief Hebbe expressed the department’s commitment to school safety, “These are trying times in our community and across the nation. Students and faculty should feel safe in the environment in which they learn and teach. We are committed to the safety of our citizens and will continue to work closely with schools and law enforcement throughout the county on this issue.”

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