‘We desperately need crossing guards’: 45 spots open in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Norfolk Police Department is calling all crossing guards, because there is a need in the city and 45 spots to fill.

Lillie Rachel Humphrey spends her days giving back as a crossing guard in the city of Norfolk. She says it is a part-time job that she thoroughly enjoys. 

“You can’t not do this job and love children,” said Humphrey. “They call me by my name, Good morning, Miss Rachel!”

However, Humphrey knows that right now the city needs more people like her. 

“We desperately need crossing guards, we are so short, that the police officers have to supplement a lot of our corners. Maybe even half of the corners,” said Humphrey. “It hurts, it hurts our community when our police officers have to man these crossing guard posts, in case of emergencies where are they?”

Officer Jo Ann Hughes with the Norfolk Police Department says officers will always step up to help the community. 

“When there is a need like this the police are going to step in to make sure kids get to where they need to be. It would be fantastic to be able to fill all those vacancies that we have so that police can go back to their primary jobs.”

Humphrey says all it takes is a couple of hours, and the impact is great for so many children. 

“I don’t think people realize there are so many vacancies and the need, and that’s why we are pushing this out to the public in case someone is looking for a part-time job,” Hughes said. 

Humphrey loves her job so much, she gives back to children during the winter by handing out gloves and hates. You can find that story here: https://www.wavy.com/community/norfolk-school-crossing-guard-delivers-gift-of-warmth-literally_20180326073939433/1078321702

The part-time job offers $12 an hour. 

The duties include:

– Gathers and controls children at crossing sections.

– Signals traffic to stop or proceed to allow for the safe crossing of children.

– Must be able to see and hear traffic, observe the color changes of signal lights and judge the`1distance and safe speed of vehicles in order to allow safe stopping distance. 

– Identifies and reports unsafe conditions or illegal activities at one of the assigned locations

– Communicates safety instructions and directions to students, parents, and motorists traveling through the school zone. 

All interested applicants can apply online at www.norfolk.gov.

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