School Safety Patrol

Perry's School Safety Patrol

The school Safety Patrol was started in 1935 by the San Diego Police Department and began at just one school. Its purpose was to help elementary school children cross streets safely on their way to and from school and to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle collisions involving elementary-age students.

The members of our safety patrol are all fifth grade students who are selected on the basis of their academic performance, citizenship, and maturity. Students are not required to be academically high achieving, however, they must demonstrate the willingness to take responsibility for their commitment to the patrol if asked to participate in the program. These students serve before and after school providing a safe cross walk and traffic control at our streets.

We are extremely proud of our Perry Elementary School Safety Patrol. Each member of the squad has proven to be a positive role model for other students.

The School Safety Patrol is in nearly 90 schools throughout the city. There are nearly 2,000 fifth and sixth grade students serving as Patrol members. It is their job to cross children and adults safely at their school locations. They are selected, trained, and supervised on an ongoing basis by Juvenile Services Team Officers from eight area stations of the San Diego Police Department. Their jobs include:

  • Control pedestrian traffic
  • Control vehicle traffic
  • Watch and report traffic violations

Join the Patrol

If you are in fourth grade and would like to become a member of the School Safety Patrol, ask your teacher.

For more information about the School Safety Patrol, visit our district's Police Service Services website.
School Safety Patrol Training Video

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