New and returning crossing guards are required under state law to complete a certain number of training hours before the school year begins. Roughly 100 people from Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties attended a session Tuesday put on by police and the Lansing Area Safety Council.
Suzy Carter, representative for the Lansing Area Safety Council, says it's a great opportunity for guards to troubleshoot and bounce ideas off each other. Crossing Guard Harold Roose says he learns things he can share with others and it's especially helpful for the newcomers.
The guards spent four hours preparing for the upcoming school year learning life saving skills including something new this year, a segment on sleep deprivation.
Additional crossing guards are always needed for full time and substitute positions. Contact your local police department if you are interested.