LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police will no longer be providing crossing guards for 12 schools. According to LMPD, with budget cuts and staff changes, they will no longer be able to help schools in other police jurisdictions.
The police departments have been notified of the change, and LMPD will work with those departments to aid their transition into providing crossing guards from their own jurisdiction.
"Safety is always our number one priority at Jefferson County Public Schools. So, we're right now, we're hoping we can work out something with our other police agencies. We have great relationships with other departments besides LMPD. So we're hoping that we can work something out before the start of school," JCPS spokesperson, Renee Murphy, said.
According to the Archdiocese of Louisville, they were not aware of the changes before WHAS11's request for comment.
LMPD said the decision was not easy but the changes were necessary to address staffing needs. With the changes, LMPD will use those 25 crossing guards to service the remaining schools in their jurisdiction.
The schools affected are:
- Anchorage Elementary School
- Carrithers Middle School
- Cochrane Elementary School
- Jeffersontown Elementary School
- St. Edward School
- Tully Elementary School
- Butler High School
- Schaffner Elementary School
- Western High School
- Our Lady of Lourdes
- St. Matthews Elementary School
- Trinity High School