The state Department of Education and the Mexicali Police Department announced the beginning of the summer break school security program.

Secretary of Education Gerardo Arturo Solís said over 667,000 students and close to 33,000 teachers begin the summer break Friday. Classes resume Aug. 29.

According to the state official, many schools were vandalized during the pandemic. The problem caused serious damages and thefts at schools.

The security program seeks to call residents to report any criminal activity around campuses — especially those living close to schools.

The state Department of Public Safety and the Mexicali Police Department plan to increase patrolling around schools — particularly in high crime areas.

Assistant Mexicali Police Chief of Public Outreach highlighted the need for the public’s reporting of criminal activity to protect schools. Department of Public Safety Planning Director Antonio Plata said the authorities had been working with residents and school staff to prevent vandalism from happening.

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