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New Mexico governor says schools could use retired officers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says schools could utilize retired police officers for campus security as a cost-effective approach to make schools safer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the Republican governor made the suggestion Monday during a meeting with other state governors and President Donald Trump in Washington.

Martinez told the officials at the National Governors Association meeting that there’s a “huge pool of retired law enforcement officers where municipalities and counties have actually invested a lot of money into training them, and now they’re retired.”

Martinez says hiring the retired officers would require little training and could lead to fewer school shootings.

Under state law, retired officers can still collect their pension benefits if they return to work as school security officers.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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