Notes from a recent special city council meeting included some detail on a firm the city is considering to use to outsource school crossing guard services. The guards stay under the direction of the Rye City police chief but hiring, firing and all administrative work is outsourced.
Current guards would be retained at their current rate but new guards would be hired at a lower rate.
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Here are the details:
"Presentation by All City Management Services (ACMS) for the outsourcing of school crossing guard services
Prior to the presentation by All City Management Services (ACMS), Police Commissioner William Connors updated the Council on the Police Department’s efforts to recruit crossing guards. He said that ads have been run on the International Association of Chiefs of Police website the Indeed website. To date 84 resumes have been received and two completed applications have been submitted. They will also continue looking through the local churches. There are two to three authorized positions to be filled but he and the City Manager are also considering needs that will result from the school construction project.
Patricia Pohl, Director of Operations of ACMS made a presentation regarding the services that her company offers in connection with providing crossing guards, which she called “invaluable” to public safety. They have approximately 3,000 guards working throughout the country. Ms. Pohl outlined how ACMS recruits, trains and supervises crossing guards. She also noted that all liability rests with their company. She said that utilizing ACMS frees up police departments to do what they are trained and paid to do. They would retain the current crossing guards who wished to stay at their current rate, but new guards would be paid a lower rate. In summary the services provided by ACMS include: the entire responsibility for the crossing guard program – recruiting, hiring, training, discipline, firing, workers comp, insurance, equipment, and supervision. They work at the direction of the Police Commissioner.
Mayor French asked Ms. Pohl to report back to the Council with what ACMS’s recommended oversight model would look like.
The Police Commissioner was asked to provide information regarding how many times a police officer was used to backfill a crossing guard spot during the 2012-2013 school year."