Campus security will be bolstered by a bevy of new digital eyes that will be added to two Salinas schools.
A federal grant the Salinas Police Department received to improve school security will pay for the installation of surveillance cameras at the two campuses.
The Salinas Education Center, formerly called the Adult School, will receive 48 high-resolution cameras, said Jim Earhart, Salinas Union High School District superintendent.
The school, at 20 Sherwood Place, currently has no surveillance cameras.
The $198,000 grant will also pay for the replacement of 10 cameras at North Salinas High School, Earhart said.
Each camera costs $525, for a total of $30,450, according to a city staff report released Friday.
The grant would also pay for two high-resolution PTZ cameras, which, unlike fixed surveillance cameras, can pan, tilt and zoom at a specific target. Each PTZ camera costs $2,300.
The matching grant, announced last month by police Chief Louis Fetherolf, comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
The grant was awarded to the city, but the Salinas Union High School District will be required to match the money. The City Council is set to approve the resolution at Tuesday’s meeting.
The new surveillance equipment will add to the existing 320 cameras already installed at the district’s four comprehensive high schools and four middle schools.
In addition to the cameras, the money will pay for security card readers, locks and $36,000 worth of wrought-iron fencing for the district’s schools, according to a city staff report.
Officials have said that cameras on campus, which the district has had for at least 10 years, have helped reduce vandalism.