Increased Fresno Police Presence at Basketball Game

January 30, 2009 11:43:09 PM PST
There are usually just one, or two police officers at local high school games. But at Friday night's matchup between Hoover High and Edison High eight officers were on duty. Fresno Police Lt. Joyce Vasquez acknowledges it was because of last week's shooting incident at another game."There's a game at Hoover and we have some contract officers here and some reserve officers and just as a precaution because of the shooting that we had not too long ago we had some more officers out here just to make sure things are safe tonight." Said Vazquez.

The police presence was noticed by students, and parents.

"It's a lot of police here, I'm kind of scared but, It's cool, we all fine." Said Olivia Andrea, a former Hoover student.

Parent Andrea O'Bannon also noticed the increased number of officers. "I'm not concerned about the safety, there's lots of police here and lots of security so I wasn't concerned at all. But it was on my mind when I seen the police officers." She said.

Over at Bullard High, where the shooting incident actually took place, the Bullard Knights were playing the Bronco's from Clovis West. There was only one officer on duty. Lt. Vasquez was asked if police chose to cover the Edison game because they believe the shooting was somehow connected to Edison High. "You know, I don't really know what the connection is I just know it's a game and that we've assigned some officers out here to make sure the parking lots are safe and the community is safe tonight." Vasquez said.

After last week's shooting a Fresno Unified spokesperson said the district was reviewing its security policies, and discussing the possibility of extra measures like metal detectors, which are already utilized at high school football games.

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