BOMB SQUAD DEMONSTRATES USE OF ROBOTICS AT HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY

BOMB SQUAD DEMONSTRATES USE OF ROBOTICS AT HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY

Two deputies assigned to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad fielded questions and fed the curiosity of several dozen third-graders at Highland Elementary School Tuesday.

The demonstration was part of the school’s Career Week for all third-grade classes, said Terri Peña, a teacher at Highland whose class was one of the first to see the show.

Five classes took turns walking through the Bomb Squad mobile unit, watching Deputies Garth Pirtle and Scott Bayles use remote control technology to search for explosives, and watched a K-9 deputy named Rex sniff out a cotton ball that had been swabbed with explosive material.

The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad is one of several tactical resources available to the department, and is assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. They routinely respond to bomb threats and SWAT situations.

The unit has assisted Las Cruces Public Schools with several Career Day and Career Week demonstrations in the past several weeks.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.