Advertisement

LMPD no longer providing crossing guards for 12 area schools

Published: Jul. 25, 2019 at 12:49 AM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police will no longer provide crossing guard assistance to a dozen Louisville-area schools.

LMPD issued the announcement Wednesday evening, explaining that due to metro budget cuts, officers will no longer be able to fill vacancies when crossing guards are not available. Previously, LMPD patrol officers would take the place of guards in the event of a vacation or illness.

The change affects 12 schools, all of which are in areas that have their own police departments. Both public and private schools are included.

LMPD said they’ll be able to utilize the 25 crossing guards who worked in those areas to provide services to the remaining schools in the LMPD jurisdiction.

The affected schools are as follows:

Anchorage

Anchorage Elementary School

Jeffersontown

Carrithers Middle School

Cochrane Elementary School

Jeffersontown Elementary School

St. Edward School

Tully Elementary School

Shively

Butler High School

Schaffner Elementary School

Western High School

St. Matthews

Our Lady of Lourdes

St. Matthews Elementary School

Trinity High School

The Archdiocese of Louisville released this statement to WAVE 3 News:

“This is the first notification we have heard. These arrangements are made at the local level between the school and the LMPD, so we will need to consult with the schools involved.”

Cecelia Price, spokesperson Archdiocese of Louisville

Renee Murphy, spokesperson for JCPS, told WAVE 3 News they’re reaching out to other law enforcement agencies in the Louisville area to see if they can provide resources to handle the shortfall for the upcoming school year. Murphy added the district is still reviewing all aspects of what can be done to help the situation and maintains the safety of students and staff is their number one priority.

LMPD provides crossing guards for more than 100 schools in Louisville.

Copyright 2019 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.