SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara City College is looking at ways to increase it's security on campus. One proposal presented at last week's College Planning Council meeting was the idea of bringing on a full-time armed Santa Barbara Police Department officer to patrol the campus. The officer would patrol on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This would be in addition to the un-armed security team currently at the school.
The initial talks have brought on a heated debate. The school President Lori Gaskin is open to having this dialogue and getting the input of both faculty and students. Some people believe the officer would act as a deterrent to crime on campus, particularly violent crimes. Others believe it's not necessary and only builds anxiety on campus. Another concern is the cost. The position would cost roughly $250,000 annually. The next planning council meeting is set for April 16.
NewsChannel 3 Reporter Shirin Rajaee reports.