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School Crossing Patrol Service

Our school crossing patrols do a vital job in seeing children across the road at often the last and most vulnerable point of their journey. They are also ears and eyes protecting children from danger near schools.

School crossing patrols in Bedford Borough

We currently have 20 permanent patrols and 1 standby (relief) patrol.

We are always on the look out for suitable fit people to join us, who are dedicated and who want to give something to the community.

Details of the job:

  • A uniform and full training will be provided.
  • You will only need to work during term time - morning and afternoons.
  • You will receive a competitive rate of pay.
  • During school holidays you will receive 4 weeks full pay and 9 weeks half pay.
  • You will also receive ongoing training and be part of our team of people dedicated to child safety.

There are no special qualifications required to become a school crossing patrol other than a commitment to carry out their duties reliably with care for the children and due regard for other road users. There is a full training programme for new recruits, together with ongoing reviews and team meetings.

Join us

If you are interested in becoming a School Crossing Patrol (see paragraph above) and joining a team that provides a very important service to the community, please contact the School Crossing Patrol Organiser in the Road Safety Team on

'Stop Means Stop’ (S.M.S) Campaign'

Everyday throughout the UK some road users:

  • Fail to STOP when the School Crossing Patrollers display their signs in the road.
  • Move off before the School Crossing Patroller has returned to the pavement.

Failure to obey a school crossing patrol Stop sign could result in a maximum fine of £1000 plus 3 points on your driving licence and could even result in injury or death.

It is therefore extremely important that when approaching a School Crossing Patrol or School, motorists should slow down, use extreme caution and be prepared to stop. Stop Means Stop is an integral part of the Road Safety Team’s programme of road safety initiatives. It is an annual educational campaign usually held in October and is aimed at  informing both motorists and pedestrians about the role of the school crossing patrol.

Members of the team will be giving out information leaflets and discuss with members of the public any matters arising at locations around the Borough.

A short history of the School Crossing Patrol

School Crossing Patrols were recognised in the UK by the School Crossing Patrol Act 1953 and instituted on 1 July 1954 through the School Crossing Patrol Order 1954. This allowed local authorities to provide School Crossing Patrols to assist children to cross roads on their way to and from school between the hours of 08:00 and 17:30.

Previously, police authorities were responsible for this service and traffic wardens as well as the police were authorised to stop traffic to allow children to cross the road. The act enabled police officers and traffic wardens to concentrate on their other duties.

However this is not a statutory duty and remains a permissive function, which means that it is carried out at the discretion of the Borough Council. The responsibility for any child's safety on the way to and returning from school is that of the parents or carer.

The Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 (sections 26 & 28) defined the criteria for which a School Crossing Patrol has the power to stop vehicles. Since that time, legislation has been updated and while still ensconced in the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, section 26 “arrangements for patrolled school crossings” and section 28 “stopping of vehicles at school crossings”, the Transport Act 2000 allows school crossing patrollers to cross any pedestrian who offer their selves to cross the road during patroller’s duty times. It also allows operating times to be determined by each authority providing the service.

The School Crossing Patrol service celebrated its 60th birthday in 2013.

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