ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - The Children Youth Families Department hopes a new tool will help law enforcement better protect children in New Mexico.
It came about after the beating death of 9-year-old Omaree Varela shocked the state.
CYFD is training officers from all over the state in how to use a new portal for law enforcement to access CYFD files while responding to calls.
CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson says the portal was a directive from Gov. Susana Martinez after the murder of 9-year-old Omaree Varela.
He was kicked to death by his mother in December 2013.
It was a case that highlighted a lack of communication between law enforcement and CYFD.
APD had been called to investigate abuse against the boy several times and there were numerous CYFD referrals.