Panama City Police Department hiring crossing guards

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Panama City Police department is hiring, but they're not looking for officers. However, PCPD says the job is still crucial.

Many will tell you the job of a crossing guard is critical: keeping kids safe in school zones when other adults can't be around.

"They're there for the safety of children, especially with elementary school students. They'll run out in front of cars, some of them are very young," said Traffic Officer Preston Allyn.

In Panama City, two crossing guard positions are open at Lucile Moore and Cherry Street Elementary Schools. It's not a full time position. It's 10 hours a week, an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. The pay is about $11.67 an hour.

"Maybe for someone who's retired, or someone who has a student in that school, like a stay at home mom," Allyn said.

Some area schools use law enforcement officers for crossing guards, something PCPD says is not the best option for them.

"It frees us up as officers, where we can enforce traffic laws and things like that. If I'm acting as a crossing guard, it's impossible for me to enforce traffic laws," explained Allyn.

However, Officer Allyn has been filling in for the position for the time being, until they can hire full time civilians.

You have to be at least 18 years old, pass a criminal background check and a drug screening. If hired, you'd be a member of the Panama City Police Department.

"They report to one of the lieutenants in the police department. It gives us another set of eyes and ears in the school zone," Allyn said.

To apply for the position, you can go to the Panama City Police Department or City Hall to pick up an application. There is a four hour training session before employment. The job follows a regular school schedule.