LMPD no longer providing crossing guards for 12 area schools
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 Elementary School
Carrithers Middle School
Cochrane Elementary School
Jeffersontown Elementary School
St. Edward School
Tully Elementary School
Butler High School
Schaffner Elementary School
Western High School
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.”
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.
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