Patroller safety should be achieved through training in traffic safety, operations and the responsibilities of each post. Adult supervision and regular inspections help protect patrollers.
To remain safe on duty, patrol members must remain at their assigned posts and always properly display belts and badges.
Patrollers are trained to seek adult help in the following examples of specific traffic situations:
- Parked cars blocking the view of an intersection.
- Parked cars blocking school bus stop or student loading/unloading zone.
- Failure of motorists to obey traffic control devices.
- Suspicious activity by adults or older students.
- Vehicles turning at T-intersections.
- Wrong-way traffic on one-way streets.
- Emergencies and injuries.
- Electrical wires down near the patrol post.
- Domestic or wild animal threats.
- Student fights.
- Emergency vehicle response near the post.
- Any situation beyond the realm of daily operation of duties at a patrol post.
Patrollers are trained to report problems with strangers to the patrol supervisor, teachers, parents or law enforcement. These “stranger danger” precautions are part of patrol training. Patrol members should be trained to never:
- Approach cars or allow other students to approach unknown motorists.
- Accept candy or presents from strangers.
- Help strangers with directions or search for a lost pet.
- Allow their photos to be taken.
- Divulge their name, address, phone number or other personal information.
Patrol members are trained to seek immediate help if:
- They encounter someone who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- They become suspicious of the behavior of older students or adults.
- They are followed.
Patrol members should make as much noise as possible if they are grabbed by a stranger.