Eau Claire (WQOW) — The Eau Claire Police Department spent the first couple weeks of the school year patrolling around campuses, and they said it was a success.
This was the first year Eau Claire police decided to ramp up school patrols.
Eau Claire Police Officer Josh Miller said they had three officers in the mornings and afternoons dedicated to patrolling school zones.
Miller said since the department started the patrols nearly two weeks ago, officers arrested eight people, issued 17 citations, and gave out 84 warnings.
Most of those arrests were for existing warrants or issues, not driving violations.
Miller said their goal wasn’t to arrest or give out tickets, but rather to teach people about driving safely, especially with kids back in school.
“The whole point of this is to educate our community,” Miller said. “Let them know that we take this school safety very seriously, to remind them where the school zones are because they are kind of hard to find sometimes.”It’s a very educational program for us rather than sort of punitive or to write tickets.”
Miller said they’re still patrolling school zones but have fewer officers dedicated to those areas.
They hope to do these patrols for the start of the school year next year.