State law requires SROs to complete specialized training to meet the safety needs of the school environment.
New Mexico Statutes 22-10A-40. School security personnel; definitions; required training
D. Prior to an offer of employment, the school district shall require for each potential school security personnel:
- (1) proof that the retired or former law enforcement officer was certified and commissioned for no less than three years and left law enforcement in good standing;
- (2) successful completion of school security personnel training;
- (3) proof of up-to-date firearms training;
- (4) a background check that indicates the person has not been convicted of a crime or engaged in behavior that violates the School Personnel Act; and
- (5) any other conditions required by law, department rule or school district policy.
E. School security personnel shall not perform any other job in the school district, by title or duty, other than school security while carrying a firearm.
F. Prior to school security personnel being allowed to carry firearms authorized by department rules and local school board policy, the school security personnel must successfully pass a physical and psychological evaluation as prescribed by the department in consultation with the public school insurance authority to determine suitability to carry a firearm. The school district shall pay the cost of the physical and psychological evaluations for current and potential school security personnel.
G. The department and the public school insurance authority shall approve one or more school security personnel and firearms training programs. Approved programs must include working with students with special needs, cultural competency and prohibited profiling practices. The department of public safety shall make recommendations for firearms training.
PLANNING FOR SAFE SCHOOLS IN NEW MEXICO
Manual addresses training for school for resource officers (SRO) addressing issues such as child and adolescent development, mental health crisis interventions, positive behavioral intervention, and de-escalation techniques.