UNION GAP, Wash.-- Union Gap school leaders are adding some new security measures to help keep students safe. Police officers will start conducting random patrols at Union Gap School.
Essentially, the new patrols are going to add a increased sense of security and a visible law enforcement presence at the school. It's a move that police and district officials say is good for everyone and something Juan Duenas says is a good idea.
"We don't know if something's going to happen here, but I think it's better to have somebody to keep an eye out because you never know," Duenas said.
Juan is a father of three, and all his kids went through Union Gap School. So, when he heard about a new plan to bring on-duty police officers to campus, he welcomed the idea.
Starting as early as next week, Union Gap police will have a new satellite office inside the school, giving officers the chance to drop by for a variety of reasons.
"That would provide a random, unpredictable presence at the school anytime school's in session," said Interim Police Chief Greg Cobb.
Cobb says officers won't be dedicated or assigned to specific patrols at the school. Instead, they'll all have access so they can stop by whenever they want.
"Makes it really unpredictable and I think helps the community feel safe about having that presence here," said Si Stuber, Union Gap School assistant principal.
And other than the cost for a computer in the office, the program won't cost taxpayers a dime.
"We've done everything we can here at our school to make it as safe as possible, and this is just another step in that process," Stuber said.
Both the Union Gap City Council and the school district voted unanimously to start the program.
District officials say the traditional student resource officer was cut from their budget this year, so bringing in the patrols is great news.