Armed deputies could soon patrol on campus

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Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 6.56.36 PMSAN DIEGO, CA — Armed Sheriff deputies may soon start patrolling Grossmont and Cuyamaca Community Colleges in response to growing security concerns on campus.

It’s a drastic and necessary measure that would cost the district at least a million dollars.

“We’ve been concerned for years,” said Anne Krueger, spokeswoman with the Grossmont and Cuyamaca Community College District.

Krueger says the district is considering a proposal to do away with the on campus police department and contract with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office to meet what they say are growing security concerns.

They say campus police officers, aren’t getting the job done.

“There are deficits in the department,” added Krueger referring to reports showing at least 40 recommendations needed to improve the on campus police department, which include increasing of personnel and equipment.

District police crime statistics show incidents on campus such as car thefts have actually decreased from 2006 to 2011.

But school officials believe these statistics don’t match the amount of complaints coming in from students and faculty.

And they say they have yet to receive last year’s crime report.

“Our crime statistics aren’t necessarily reflecting what is truly happening on our campuses, because reports haven’t been turned in,” Krueger added.

“We’ve been set up for failure,” said one on campus police officer who doesn’t want to be identified for fear of retaliation.

He told Fox 5 the on campus police department budget has been severely cut over the years, leaving the department without the equipment and training, officers need to do their job.

“Training has been cut off for years,” the officer added.

Contracting with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office will cost the district $1.4 million for 10-armed Deputies on a one-year contract.

Currently the district spends $933,000 a year for 6 unarmed police officers.

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