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School crossing patrol

Here you can find out how to become a school crossing patrol and get advice for drivers and pedestrians on an officer's role.

Each day our school crossing patrols help thousands of children to cross the road safely. We are now protecting over 2.5 million child journeys a year.

The service is run by the Road Safety Service, who operate at over 60 sites in Calderdale.

Could you be a school crossing patrol (or standby patrol)?

School crossing patrol supervisors carry out site inspections and recruit and train applicants. We are always looking for suitable people who want to do something for their community.

If you are interested in being a patrol (or standby patrol), you must:

  • Be able to display the school crossing patrol sign clearly.
  • Be able to work on your feet for continuous periods of up to 2 hours.
  • Like working outdoors.
  • Have good hearing and eye sight (with or without glasses).

All applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check and medical assessment.

  • Training and uniform are supplied.

For more about the service, phone the School Crossing Patrol office: 01422 392136.

For current vacancies, visit: Jobs and volunteering.

How to use a school crossing patrol

Information for drivers

If you see a school crossing patrol standing on the pavement:

  • Slow down and be prepared to stop.
  • You only need to stop if the patrol is displaying the sign upright.
  • You must stop when the patrol is in the road holding the sign upright.
  • Failing to stop when the patrol is in the road puts lives at risk. It is also an offence, contrary to the Road Traffic Act 1988, prosecutable in Court.
  • Do not drive off until all the children have crossed and the Patrol has returned to the pavement.
  • Do not overtake when approaching a school crossing patrol.

Information for children and parents

  • Stand on the pavement, well back from the patrol.
  • Wait on the pavement until the patrol instructs you to cross.
  • Always cross in front of and not behind the patrol.
  • keep looking and listening while you cross.

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