Chicago Crossing Guards No Longer Part of Police

November 27, 2016

School crossing guards in Chicago are losing their police uniforms, which many guards say could impact students’ safety.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel transferred the approximately 900 crossing guards from the Chicago Police Department to the Office of Emergency Management months ago. The crossing guards went to City Hall in hopes that an amendment switching them back to the police department would pass, but the administration wouldn’t budge.

Alderman Scott Waguespack says Emanuel moved the guards to the emergency management office to free up officers who back up crossing guards when they can’t work.

Crossing guard Carol Hughes says the police uniforms prevent people from making trouble because they don’t want to get ticketed. She says children’s safety should be of the utmost importance.