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SRO Deputy Martinez on board and ready to work

School started a little over two weeks ago, and already Deputy Martinez has jumped into his role as SRO and has embraced the culture at each of the schools. He rotates between the three schools, patrolling each campus regularly and randomly to make himself a visible presence. He dialogues with school principals and teachers, and spends as much time as possible building trust and rapport with students. 

Martinez is already known to many students as "Coach Bubba." Since graduating from PSHS in 2006, Martinez has participated in middle and high school wrestling and football teams as a volunteer coach. He believes that establishing a relationship with students plays a critical role in preventing problems and possible tragedy. 

"When you have a welcoming, caring, approachable presence, kids are more likely to come to you to talk about their issues or perhaps point out any concerns they might have," he said. "It's my job to ascertain the kind of support or action needed and steer kids to the appropriate resources when they need help."

As a highly trained law enforcement officer, Martinez brings an extra level of security to our schools. He is an employee of the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department and is required to maintain competency in all areas of law enforcement protocols, including firearms training. In addition, he has completed several hours of SRO training with the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and keeps in contact with other SROs in surrounding counties.

Because of his background, Martinez is able to pick up on a situation or observe pertinent details so that our teachers, administrators, and support staff can focus on the job of educating students and providing for their needs. Plus, by constantly monitoring via cameras what's happening on school grounds and having access to police communication so he knows immediately what might be transpiring in the community, Martinez is well equipped to prepare and deal with a potentially harmful situation.

"It truly is a team effort. I bring my expertise and experience to a team that is already doing as much as they can to make sure everyone is safe," says Martinez, "With this new position of School Resource Officer, these kids are now my kids. I'm going to do everything I can to protect them."