We’re in Good Hands

January 25th, 2016 by Kate Nelson

Security officers include (first row, left to right) Tina Salazar, Phillip Montoya, and Orlando Martinez Jr.; (second row_ Sgt. Jason Tapia, Joseph Lujan, and Paul Pacheco; (back row) Marvin Romero, Joshua Montoya, Orlando Martinez St., and David Gallegos.

Security officers include (first row, left to right) Tina Salazar, Phillip Montoya, and Orlando Martinez Jr.; (second row_ Sgt. Jason Tapia, Joseph Lujan, and Paul Pacheco; (back row) Marvin Romero, Joshua Montoya, Orlando Martinez St., and David Gallegos.

From 6 am until 5:30 pm—and often later—the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors fall into the capable hands of our security staff. Currently 14 people strong, the crew does everything from ensuring precious artifacts are safe to dealing with customer complaints, helping fix broken toilets, finding lost children, explaining portions of exhibits to visitors—and then some.

“A lot of things happen in a day that most people don’t see,” said Steve Baca, the museum’s security captain. “Most people don’t even realize how many things we have going on.”

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