Police officer drops hat into school board race

Posted at: 12/28/2012 6:15 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For nearly two decades, Lt. Louis Carlos has worked for the Santa Fe Police Department to serve and protect the community.  Now he is campaigning to do that on a whole new level.

"What I'm bringing to the table, to the board and you know, it's not common that every parent can bring is experience, 18 years of experience as a law enforcement officer," Carlos said.

Out of uniform and, instead, in a sweater and jeans, you may not recognize Carlos.  But as of Friday morning, the father of seven, is on leave from his duty as an officer as he focuses on campaigning to become a Santa Fe Public Schools Board Member.

"What has prompted me was the incident that happened in Connecticut, after seeing the events, the children slaughtered the way they were slaughtered, I feel the need I can bring something to the table, security is one of them," Carlos said. "I told my wife, I said, I think I can make a difference, I think I can bring a different aspect for protecting children."

Carlos said it is time for the district to evaluate current procedures when it comes to gun control, safety and security measures in school and make changes for improvement.

"We can't have different systems in place for all the schools, we've got to have an even playing field for all the schools, we have to have one protocol and enforce it," Carlos said.

But Carlos added he does not want his title alone as a police officer to influence votes.

"I hope that they see my experience, they see my resume, not just because I'm a cop but because I have these ideas," Carlos said.

The election takes place Feb. 5.