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Metro combating school truancy with new program

Metro combating school truancy with new program

By Makayla Zurn. CREATED Nov 2, 2011

 

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV)- Local police want to cut down on crime by cracking down on students who are truant from school. Metro Police are tying students who skip school to local crimes.

"We looked at the attendance in the schools and the crimes that were happening during the time that these kids were missing school and figured out this is probably a result of these kids ditching school," said Lt. William Scott with LVMPD.

15 hundred students went to truancy court last year in Clark County, and those were frequent offenders.

With 300 thousand students to watch out for, the Clark County School District is thankful for the help from local police.

"I do have 21 attendance officers who work in our department but that's for 300,000 kids, in 300 plus schools. So their time is divided, but we're going to do whatever we can to help out Metro with whatever concerns are on the table," said Eric Gant, CCSD Attendance Enforcement.

A pilot program, called TARDY,  begins Nov. 7th. It stands for Taking Action Regarding Delinquent Youths. It will be enforced by the Enterprise Area Command during school hours, but people can participate valley wide.

If you see a school-aged child loitering or wandering outside your home or business during school hours police want you to call 3-1-1. An officer will pick up the child from that location, contact their parents and then take them back to school.

Metro hopes this hard-nosed take on truancies will bring more serious penalties to those students that don't learn their lesson.