OREM, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The city of Orem is sending police officers, administrators — even animal control officers — to work as school crossing guards to keep kids safe.
“We’re having a hard time finding people that are willing to do this job,” said Lt. Todd Ferre, with Orem Police.
The need for crossing guards is “severe,” he said.
One route in Orem doesn’t even have a crossing guard. The others get staffed, he says, but the city desperately needs more applicants.
“We’re down about five crossing guards right now. And because of that, we’re having to have patrol officers — animal control, even administration, come out and handle the crossings,” said Ferre.
“We’re taking officers off the street — when there are crimes they need to be dealing with,” said Ferre.
The job listing is for $8 an hour, though Ferre says they’ve raised the pay to $8.50. If you’re interested in applying, please click here: https://secure2.orem.org/J