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It hasn't been done in at least 25 years, but Walnut Creek schools right now are poised to have on-duty police officers assigned to campus.

"I think it's a good idea to have extra security someone to keep tabs on ‘em,' I'm all for extra security," parent Joanie Dillon said.

Details are still being finalized, but Las Lomas and Northgate high schools will each get a full time cop.

"I think it will make kids act differently maybe they can't be themselves," Los Lomas junior Chris Ferrara said.

Walnut Creek police say the department is fully staffed.

Just by re-configuring shifts, more cops can patrol traffic and the business district, plus have two officers just for schools.

"It's about being a role model and seeing somebody they can look up to, and then they can ask questions and not be judged," Walnut Creek Police Department Lieutenant Lanny Edwards said.

He also explained that it's a matter of better policing.

"Going out to the schools when they call us when they catch somebody, it's too late," he said.

Elementary and middle schools will also have school resource officers, however, they will not be full- time.

An old concept advocated by Parkmead Elementary Principal Chris Reddam.

"It's that community connection between the child and the police officer that we thought was a really strong link going forward into middle school and high school," Reddam said.

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