San Jose police beef up squad-car patrols around schools in wake of Texas mass shooting

The San Jose Police Department is beginning dedicated squad-car patrols around the city’s public schools as the nation reels from the deadly mass shooting last week at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The department announced in a Tweet on Friday that “guardian patrols” of four vehicles, each carrying two officers, would monitor all 41 schools in the San Jose Unified School District until the end of the school year.

Jennifer Maddox, spokesperson for the school district, confirmed Sunday that the patrols would be making their rounds, but had no further information.

“We’re always here to help,” the San Jose police media relations staff tweeted Friday. “We will have a little extra help through the end of the school year.”

The tweet included a TV news video of an officer displaying tools in the back of a patrol vehicle that included bolt cutters and several rifles.

San Jose police did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.