Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

APS Police Guns Still Locked Up.(Final)

Byline: Andrea Schoellkopf Journal Staff Writer

Superintendents Must OK Use

The Albuquerque Public Schools police department has had guns since January, but officers still can't carry them.

That's because the four-person superintendent team hasn't authorized use of the guns.

APS Superintendent for Education Elizabeth Everitt said the district has been busy with other matters.

"There were so many things that were going on," she said. "... It hasn't been forgotten."

The school board approved the policy in 2001, after months of heated debate, to allow school officers to carry firearms only before and after school. The guns will be locked in police vehicles during school hours. …

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