OSHKOSH - With school just a week away, area police departments are turning their attention to children's safety.
Oshkosh is facing a shortage of crossing guards. They play an important role on the streets and getting students safely to school.
Now the Oshkosh Police Department is reaching out to try and recruit more people willing to do the job.
Crossing guards perform a seemingly simple task, sometimes with little thanks. But their job can be critical to keeping children safe.
"Kids aren't necessarily aware of what is dangerous and what is not," said Mike Lenza of Oshkosh.
Lenza has two children who attend Merrill Elementary School, just down the street from his house. Lenza says the school crossing is one of the city's busiest, and having guards is vital.
"It's incredibly important especially for Jackson Street, I see constant streams of children every morning coming to the elementary school."
But it's one of four intersections in the city that is currently without a crossing guard just days before school starts.
"To have those kids trying to get across the street with speeding vehicles, it's not a safe thing to do," said Oshkosh Police Department officer Joe Nichols.
Crossing guards are part-time employees of the city and they get paid $12.31 per hour and the Oshkosh Police Department says it is looking for help.
"If you're, retired, a stay-at-home parent or just looking for a part-time job two hours a day."
In addition to their website and social media, officers have been going into neighborhoods, knocking on doors asking residents to consider helping out.
"It's a fun job, you get to meet the kids, you get to know the schools and you are helping your community in the process," said Nichols.
Green Bay is fully staffed with 45 crossing guards to cover 47 intersections. Appleton also has enough crossing guards with 33 guards covering 28 crossings.
And while the city of Oshkosh hires and pays for the crossing guards, it's an issue Oshkosh School District Superintendent Stan Mack says the district works closely with them on.
"I truly enjoy seeing adults of all ages relate with children at the street corner, they build a relationship that is a very positive one and we value that."
Along with the safety of students on their way to school.
Police say the intersections will not go unmonitored.
They say they will be staffed with patrol or community service officers until crossing guards can be hired.
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