BOSQUE FARMS, N.M. (KRQE) - Some parents were surprised but very happy this week to see armed police officers at elementary schools in Valencia County.
And they're going to see them a lot.
It's not unusual to see armed police officers at high schools and even middle schools. But most elementary schools do not have assigned officers on campus.
The Los Lunas School district is changing that.
Bosque Farms Elementary has seen armed officers on campus before, but usually it's a quick stop and the officer is on his way.
"They were assigned to multiple elementary school sites bouncing around from site to site," Director of Safety and Security Desi Garcia said.
Parent Melanie Bennett rarely saw an officer on campus. Not anymore.
For the first time the elementary school has an assigned officer that spends hours a day on campus checking the parking lots, walking the hallways and even peeking into classrooms.
"The superintendent wanted to provide an extra sense of security at the school sites, and we didn't think there was a better of way of doing that than to provide a school resource officer assigned to elementary schools," Garcia said.
Garcia said the district wanted to do that for some time, and after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the push got even stronger. When money popped up, two more officers were added.
"(Students) always come running up and say, 'Hi, Officer Ferreyra. Hi, Officer Rob,'" Officer Robert Ferreyra told KRQE News 13.
Officer Ferreyra splits his time between Bosque Farms and Peralta elementary schools.
Students have noticed.
"When (my daughter) saw him here the other day she made a point to tell me that she felt safer," Bennett said. "She liked having an officer her that saw who came through the doors all the time."
The district said it's not certain the money will be there next school year to keep the officers, but it's certainly something they would like to continue.
Santa can't do it all alone. He needs elves to help with the toys and he needs the post office to help with the deliveries.
After joining a program that helps disadvantage kids, a man entrusted with children is accused of using the program to prey on a young boy.
Thieves are leaving big, gaping holes around Roswell.
A pedestrian is in critical condition Thursday night after being struck by a car in downtown Albuquerque.
New Mexico honored a fallen hero Thursday as family, friends and law enforcement officers gathered for the funeral of Sandoval County Sheriff's Sergeant Robert Baron.
It seems with every game this season he looks like the best player on the court. Lobos senior forward Cameron Bairstow continues to shine.