You will likely see more patrol cars around Santa Barbara campuses in the weeks ahead. That was one of the suggestions that came out of a special safety meeting this morning behind closed doors at Santa Barbara Junior High.”And one of the things we’re moving towards is a more visible relationship by the Santa Barbara Police Department with the schools all the time, ” said La Cumbre Junior High Principal, Jo Ann Caines.The district already has a school resources officer, but patrol cars were stopping in on campuses earlier this week throughout the city. Officers were out of their vehicles and making campus checks, as well as talking with faculty and students.”They are having an active role with the schools on a preventative basis. It’s great,”said Caines.But there’s no plan to put up new gates or fencings. “These are still places of learning,” said Santa Barbara School Superintendent, Dr. David Cash. “We really want them to be places that families and the community see as the center of their neighborhood.”KEY News Senior Reporter John Palminteri was there and has our report.
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