A School Safety Officer (SSO) is Armed or Non-Armed. Employee’s of Division Patrol all receive additional training and equipment enabling them to provide a safe educational environment when assigned to a school campus or other site. Some School Safety Officers may work at a location by themselves or with other School Safety Officers. Some SSO’s go on to become police officers.While continuing to provide for the safety of teachers, students, and other staff members. They also participate in conjunction with School Police Officers in such programs as holiday food drives, school supply giveaways, school dedications, and many other events.
School Safety Officers not only provide safety services for grades K-12, but also for Adult Schools, Occupational Schools, and Skill Centers.
SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS play an important role in the lives of children who walk or bicycle to school by helping them safely cross the street at key locations. A guard also helps children develop the skills to cross streets safely at all times. They remind drivers of the presence of pedestrians. The presence of adult crossing guards can lead to more parents feeling comfortable about their children walking or bicycling to school. Adult crossing guards also are role models helping children develop the skills necessary to cross streets safely at all times.
A well-trained adult school crossing guard can help to accomplish the following goals:
- Discourage children from behaving unsafely near traffic, such as darting into the street without looking or crossing against a traffic signal. A guard can encourage safe behavior by all pedestrians at the school crossing.
- Use existing gaps in traffic to help students cross safely. When the natural traffic flow does not allow enough time for children to safely cross a street, a guard may need to create gaps by stopping traffic temporarily. The guard stops traffic with hand signals or a STOP paddle, then
verbally directs children to cross the street. A guard is always the first person in the street and the last person out of the street.
- Alert motorists that pedestrians are in the process of using the school crossing.
- Observe and report any incidents or conditions that present a potential safety hazard to the school children or the guard.
An adult school crossing guard should not direct traffic unless specifically trained as a traffic control officer.
Safety escorts are provided by School Safety Officers, 24 hours a day depending on officer availability and pending calls for service.
Parking Enforcement is comprised of School Safety Officers was formed to provide improved traffic safety for various facilities. They help to educate drivers of the enforcement necessity of designated parking around schools. Parking Enforcement is also utilized to assist schools with traffic control and enforcement at such events as graduations, evacuation drills, and critical events.
All Security Safety Officers are trained by a certified A.L.I.C.E. Instructor. The ALICE Training Program provides lessons and information for all facets of a violent intruder gaining access to a building. Safety is our primary focus for this program, and we do not endorse risking lives of students or employees.