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Police plan to address crossing guard shortage

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In response to a story YNN told you about first last week, the Buffalo Common Council President says police are addressing a shortage of crossing guards in the city.

Council President Rich Fontana says he had a meeting with the Police Commissioner Thursday afternoon.

Commissioner Daniel Derenda tells Fontana police have filled in for crossing guards at busy intersection for a number of years, but Derenda says its become more prevalent recently because of a string of retirements and call-ins.

The commissioner tells Fontana the department has been slow to hire new crossing guards but does plan to do so.

Police are also planning to have a top to bottom review of city intersections to see if the department can be more efficient.

At the request of the Council President, two crossing guards will be assigned to the intersection at Kensington and Bailey Avenue.

Last week, YNN found numerous residents concerned about the safety of children crossing those streets.

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