School Crossing Patrol Service

school crossing patrol

School Crossing Patrol Officers are employed by Suffolk County Council to help provide a safer route for pupils travelling to and from school across busier roads.


How do we get a School Crossing Patrol at our school?

Any request for a Patrol should be in writing and supported by the school that the site would serve.  Sites will be assessed using a set criteria – this will include counting pedestrian and vehicles passing  within 50 metres of the proposed crossing point at the beginning and end of the school day.   For further information please contact us.

What happens if a SCP point is unsupervised?

Where a point is unsupervised for any reason we will where possible provide relief cover for up to 3 days.  Schools will be notified if cover is not available and where relief cover is provided when it will be withdrawn.

Please note: a pupil’s journey to and from school is a parental responsibility.

I am interested in becoming an SCP - where can I find out more?

All vacant patrol posts are advertised on Suffolk Jobs Direct – if you are interested in joining the team visit the website for more information.

I have seen my local SCP stopping traffic for adults with no children cross - why?

  • Crossing patrols are not just for children, they may assist anyone who seeks their help in crossing the road.  Changes in 2001 to the 1984 Road traffic Act allow patrols to cross adults as well as children.
  • To stop traffic a Patrol Officer must wear a high visibility coat and hat and display the patrol order STOP sign.
  • A School Crossing Patrol Officer can stop traffic to cross any pedestrian at their designated point.
  • The Highway Code regulation 210 specifically states that traffic MUST stop when the School Crossing Patrol Officer displays the patrol order STOP sign.

What could happen if I fail to stop when requested by an SCP officer?

Failure to stop could result in a £1000 fine, points on your licence and or disqualification.

Other offences include driving round the patrol when they are on the road:

  • Using abusive language
  • Threatening the patrol with physical violence
  • Loudly revving the engine while patrol and pedestrians are in the road.
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