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Police to hand over crossing guards to school system

December 13, 2005

Albany- The Dougherty County school system will soon have to foot a new $221,000 bill. That's how much it costs the Albany Police department to fund and run the school crossing guard program, and Interim Police Chief Bobby Hooper says after this school year it will be up to the school system to take it over.

There are 57 crossing guards that are employed through the city's police department. Hooper says they school system was notified they'd be handing over the program back in April when the police department decided to move their school resource officers to other positions.

"Right now the city police department is funding the cost for the crossing guards, for their pay, their benefits, and also for their uniforms, and it's very expensive for part-time employees. It's strictly a matter of economics. It's why we're doing this," says interim police chief Bobby Hooper.

Hooper says he'll work with school police chief Troy Conley to ensure their is a smooth transition when the school system takes over.

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