sCHOOL safety patrol (FORMERLY COMMUNITY ROAD & EDUCATION SAFETY TEAM)
The School Safety Patrol, formerly known as the Community Road & Education Safety Team (CREST), works with Vancouver elementary schools, community organizations and groups to promote traffic safety for students and the public in the city.
Officers provide educational presentations on pedestrian and bicycle safety, respond to driving complaints in the vicinity of Vancouver elementary schools, supports the school safety patrol program, and works cooperatively with partners, ICBC, the Vancouver School board and the City of Vancouver, to maintain and improve traffic safety.
Areas of Focus
School Safety Patrol Program - In partnership with the Vancouver School Board, the School Safety Patrol Team assists in the training, monitoring and support of this student-based program that everyday assists thousands of students and adults to safely cross intersections on their way to and from school.
Pedestrian Safety Talks - Presentations to elementary school students, seniors and community groups on how to safely cross our busy streets.
Bicycle Safety Talks - The basics of bicycle safety and how to enjoy cycling in a safe and fun way.
Back to School Campaign - As Vancouver students return to school each year in September, School Safety Patrol assists in organizing a media event and education campaign to ensure the public is aware of the increased number of pedestrians around schools and crossing streets.
Graduated Licensing Program - Members speak with Grade 10 students in Vancouver Secondary schools who want to obtain their driver’s license, about the associated responsibilities.
Enforcement and Safety Upgrades - School Safety Patrol members respond to driving complaints around schools with targeted enforcement strategies. They also work with the City of Vancouver to identify safety issues with infrastructure and suggest changes and improvements.
Two Strikes You're Out Campaign - Throughout the year, School Safety Patrol organizes an education and enforcement campaign with community policing centres and schools to promote safety in the City of Vancouver around parks, playgrounds and other high pedestrian areas.