Additional crossing guards arrive on Valley roads
Some schools are still without crossing guards halfway through the school year.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Expect to see more crossing guards on streets across the valley.
Beginning this week, All City Management Services company has taken over the crossing guard program from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.
The company said it has already filled up to three dozen vacant positions, a shortage revealed by an Action News investigation last fall.
"We need somebody at least to make sure the children are walking by and they're not getting ran over," said parent Amie Calvillo, whose child walks to Tanaka Elementary School.
Parents turned to Action News last November wanting to know why there was not a guard at El Capitan Way and Arby Avenue. During our investigation, police said the program was short staffed by up to 30 guards.
"With almost 3,000 crossing guards throughout the United States, it's a business we pretty well know," said Pat Pohl, director of operations for the company.
Monday was the first day back to school for many students following the holiday break.
Pohl said the company has the staff and resources to fill the contracted 411 positions, but seven intersections are still without guards. The company wants to conduct its own review of those spots to determine if a guard is actually needed.
"Once we determine that it's a location that should have a guard, based on the fact that students there could benefit from a guard, they'll be staffed," said Pohl.
Metro police will continue to oversee the program and help determine where to place the guards, according to the company.
A decision on the remaining seven intersections could come in about a week, Pohl said.
Given the number of pedestrian-related crashes over the last year, parents we spoke with said they are supportive of any improvements.
"I'm thinking it'll make it a lot safer in the area being there aren't too many crossing lights here," said parent Eugene Bazile.