FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno Police Officer Dan Gomez keeps a watchful eye over the lunch-time crowd at Bullard High. Gomez is a Bullard grad so he says it is nice to be back on campus.
School Principal Carlos Castillo says Gomez helps create a safer learning environment.
"Things are changing. They're ever changing in this world and sometimes we need updates. We need to know what the latest trends are so he's very up to date on that and he communicates with us and with our teachers pretty often," said Bullard High School Principal Carlos Castillo.
Every high school and middle school in Fresno Unified has a student resource officer to interact with students on campus.
"But there is going to be a day when we have to increase our presence of officers at the elementary school level as well," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
"I would say not more than five years from now for sure," said Castillo.
Dyer says all officers undergo active shooter training. A team of four is trained to take on any threat if lives are in danger.
"In the instance of a resource officer or an officer on the campus, they have to make a split second decision. Are they going to wait for additional officers so that they can enter into a classroom or enter into a location where there's an active shooter?" said Dyer.
Dyer was heart-broken to learn an armed deputy was on campus during the Parkland, Florida school mass shooting which left 17 people dead.
"That is a decision that deputy has to live with for the rest of his life," said Dyer.
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