The two identifying pieces of equipment for safety patrol members are:
- Official patrol belts.
- Badges pinned to the shoulder strap of the belt at chest level.
Schools also may provide additional equipment, such as ponchos, caps and flags.
Tip: Many schools are using walkie-talkies for patrollers to communicate with each other and the advisor while on duty.
Assigned equipment should be documented. Officers must maintain a roster with each patrol member’s name and a notation of equipment provided to them.
Please contact your local AAA club for specific ordering information.
The sergeant responsible for equipment works with the captain and patrol sponsor to order replacement equipment. Equipment which is lost or misplaced must be replaced. Worn-out equipment should be destroyed.
Encourage students to refer to the Patrol Member Handbook for proper wear and care of patrol equipment.
The following suggestions will help maximize poncho wear:
- Hang the poncho on a wooden hanger, with shoulders centered on the hanger arms.
- Hang it in a place that is cool and away from direct sunlight and heat.
- Make certain the sleeves are straight. Turned-back cuffs hold water and may cause cracking or mildew.
- If dirty, wipe clean only with a damp cloth.
Belts should be taken off during off-duty hours, rolled up and kept in a designated place. They should be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth and will be bright and smart-looking if taken care of. If the patrol belt needs cleaning:
- Pour some liquid soap or powder onto a damp cloth and scrub thoroughly.
- Rinse the belt thoroughly.
- Artificial heat such as dryers or ovens should not be used for rapid drying.
- Alcohol and abrasive cleaners should not be used.
Badges should be worn only on the patrol belt. They should be pinned on the shoulder strap of the belt at chest level and should be removed only when the belt is being washed. Removing and replacing the badge several times each day can cause the pin to break. Badges may be cleaned by washing with mild soap and water. It is important to immediately dry the badge. Polish containing abrasives should not be used to clean badges.