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State Police distribute masks in Roswell

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Lt. Alvino Vigil, left, gives a protective face mask and a pair of gloves to Felix Sosa during a mask distribution event in Roswell Tuesday, in the parking lot of the Home Depot store at 2350 N. Main St. (Alex Ross Photo)

Three members of the New Mexico State Police Department traveled from Albuquerque to Roswell Tuesday to distribute masks to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Officer Ricardo Verceda, Sgt. Jose Aguilar and Lt. Alvino Vigil, of the NMSP’s Community Engagement Team, were in town to hand out small plastic bags — each containing one face mask and a pair of gloves — first at the Community Kitchen at 114 E. Bland St. while serving meals, and later in the parking lot of Home Depot, at 2350 N. Main St.

Vigil said shortly after 1 p.m. that they had so far distributed 280 masks while in Roswell.

The visit to Roswell, Vigil said, is one of several they are making across New Mexico. Although State Police are tasked with enforcing the state’s emergency public health orders, he added that was not part of their mission Tuesday in Roswell.

“We’re not here to enforce anything, we are just here to help out. If you need a mask, come pick it up, we will give you one,” Vigil said.

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He added the State Police are engaged in similar outreach efforts in communities throughout New Mexico.

“We have officers all throughout the state that have been handing out masks in each community throughout the state,” he said.

Offices in each NMSP district have masks they can provide to the public free of charge. Vigil said anyone interested in obtaining one should contact their local NMSP office.

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Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.