ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The father of a deputy who was shot and killed in the line of duty is worried officers might think twice these days about protecting themselves.
“Officers have to be alert every day that they’re out on the street. It’s as simple as that,” said James McGrane Sr.
McGrane Sr. is the father of deputy James McGrane Jr., who was killed by an armed man during a traffic stop in Tijeras in 2006.
At a pancake breakfast Sunday to raise money for the street officer survival training program named for McGrane, McGrane Sr. said he’s worried about the effects of increased scrutiny and criticism surrounding officer-involved shootings.
“We’ve been so worried about that. And I know a couple of instances where officers hesitate because they don’t want to be demonstrated against or be on the news. And they can’t hesitate,” said McGrane Sr.
Mcgrane’s Sr.’s officer survival training program is about to enter its ninth year.
So far, more than 3,000 New Mexico officers have received the training.