Members of the McPherson Police Department decided to think outside of the box when they found themselves in a crossing guard conundrum once again.
Members of the McPherson Police Department decided to think outside of the box when they found themselves in a crossing guard conundrum once again. A common problem has been arising in finding personnel for crossing guard positions. There seems to be a shortage of folks available to ensure the safe passage of children to and from school in the mornings an evenings.
With this problem arising recently, it was suggested that perhaps a change of demographic was in order. Rather than looking to the senior population to fill the open positions, a younger crowd might render some new candidates. Upon this suggestion, Chief Robert McClarty took to the streets with his need — the streets around colleges to be exact. Now a job once primarily considered for the older generation has some new, young blood as two Central Christian College students are being welcomed into the McPherson Police Department fold as crossing guards.
“I think it’s great,” McClarty said. “It’s just another way to make us a more diversified force.”
David Noren and Joseph Hirsch began their new jobs March 16. As part-time crossing guards, the two men will assist students in the area at cross walks in school zones, providing a much needed service to the community and making a little money to help them through college.
Even with the new additions, more crossing guard positions are available to be filled to anyone looking for a part-time job to earn a little extra cash.
A crossing guard position is from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. and 2:50 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fill-in positions are also open for those who would be able to fill in for crossing guards who are unable to work at times. For more information on crossing guard positions visit www.hrepartners. com.
“I’d like to take a moment to commend the decision to hire these individuals and the police departments attitude towards making crossing guards a priority,” McPherson Fire Department Chief Jeff Deal said. “I’ve been on a run in which a child was injured due to crossing a street without a guard and I really appreciate the police department’s efforts in this.”