Patroller Officer Ranking
The patrol supervisor selects officers. The supervisor may do this individually or by overseeing an election by patrol members. Officers generally serve for one semester.
Typically, a patrol has a captain, lieutenant and sergeant. Patrol officers take on additional responsibility and help lead activities. Officers also must be trained to substitute for any post. A lieutenant should serve as captain when the captain is not available for duty.
Be sure to rely on respect and cooperation, rather than authority.
Captains are responsible for:
- Preparing reports and agendas for patrol meetings.
- Assigning posts.
- Monitoring patrol performance.
- Presenting safety talks to younger classes.
- Enforcing all patrol rules.
- Ensuring patrol members wear and maintain their belts and badges.
- Arranging for substitutes as needed.
- Maintaining the Captain?s Record Book.
Lieutenants are responsible for:
- Acting for the captain as assigned.
- Assisting the captain in checking posts and buses.
- Contributing to operational reports.
- Filling in for absent patrol members.
Sergeants are responsible for:
- Acting as unit secretary.
- Maintaining the patrol bulletin board.
- Managing equipment inventory and recommending repairs, replacements and acquisitions.