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Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 3:30 pm

The cutting of 18 crossing guards earlier this week won’t jeopardize the safety of Des Plaines students, according to Deputy Police Chief Nick Treantafeles.

Des Plaines police, which runs the crossing guard program, cut the positions earlier this week following a study of the city’s 42 crossing guard locations. The change brought that number down to 32.

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  • RogerBrown posted at 5:23 pm on Sun, Mar 10, 2013.

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    The City of Des Plaines Police is claiming the school crossing guards program was mismanaged for years because guards were paid to work at crossings that had 'little or no activity'. I thank God these guards have safeguarded our children all these years even if it was only one child (like mine) that they kept safe during a four hour shift. The Chief of Police seems to believe that it is only financially prudent to safeguard a 'busy' school crossing. Maybe the Chief can save even more money by having all the reckless drivers in our community make him a promise that they will never drive reckless, that way, there would be no need for crossing guards or even police officers. It seems that common sense, along with the safety of our children, have been metaphorically thrown under the bus. Or is it something more sinister, like distracting the public from the hundreds of thousands of dollars in police overtime pay for traffic enforcement activities that were never performed? We can only pray that reckless drivers, who should have been taken off our streets during the ficticious enforcement period of the police, never have the chance to cause harm to any of our children no matter what their location.


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