Hobbs Police Receive Grant Money to Hire Three Public School Officers

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, N.M. - Hobbs Police getting some big grant money to add three public school police officers.

The Hobbs Police Department is receiving a national grant of more than $730,000.

That money will cover the salaries and benefits of three additional Hobbs Police Department cops who's primary duties will be to patrol schools there.

Currently, the department does not have any school officers. Instead, they rely on patrol officers to check in on campuses when it's needed.

"In the future, we'd like to have an officer at virtually every school Hobbs, and there are a lot of schools here.  We have 12 elementary schools, there's 2 junior highs, a freshman school and 1 high school," Officer Mike Stone, with the Hobbs Police Department, said.

Police hope to have the new officers hired by next school year.