SANTA FE ― “Today is a great day for our statewide law enforcement officers and New Mexico’s communities,” said Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), who sponsored the bill. “Law enforcement officials are the guardians of our community and this equipment and training will save lives across the state. I would like to thank the Bernalillo County Sheriff Office’s Deputy Robin Hopkins and the Valencia County Undersheriff Mark Shea for their willingness to bring this important issue to the legislature, and my colleagues, who supported it with strong bipartisan support in both chambers.”
“Public safety and the safety of our law enforcement officers are a top priority for House Democrats,” House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) said. “What we have accomplished today by providing law enforcement officers with lifesaving tourniquets and training will help safeguard the lives of our law enforcement officers, who place their lives in danger every day for the safety and well-being of our communities.”
“On behalf of all law enforcement responders in New Mexico, we would like to express our gratitude to Gov. Susana Martinez for signing HB 9 into law today providing tourniquets and trauma kits to all law enforcement officers,” Valencia County Undersheriff Mark R. Shea said. “We also thank Speaker Brian Egolf and the members of the legislature who sent this bill to the Governor. This is an example of everyone coming together for the protection and safety of our citizens.”
House Bill 9 adds a new section to the Law Enforcement Training Act that would include the training and materials needed for police officers to prevent excessive bleeding and respond to trauma.