Celebrating 60 years of safe patrols

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The School Crossing Patrol service (SCP) in Northumberland has celebrated it’s diamond jubilee.

Road Safety GB has commissioned a commemorative badge and certificate to mark this important milestone.

And Northumberland County Council celebrated the county’s SCP’s with a special anniversary event last week to highlight the need for community minded people to fill vacancies for school crossing patrol posts at schools across the county.

Coun Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services, said: “We appreciate the great job our school crossing patrols do in getting children safely to and from school.

“I hope more community-minded residents will apply for these positions. We need people to come forward so that the network of School Crossing Patrols can be maintained.”

The first official patrol started work in 1954 and while the uniform and sign have changed to meet modern standards – and patrols can now stop traffic to cross any pedestrian, adult or child – the role is essentially the same today as it was 60 years ago.

Richard Hall, Road Safety GB specialist advisor for the SCP service, said: “While recent budget cuts have affected many SCP services, the need for patrols will remain as long as children walk to school and cross busy roads – here’s to another 60 years of the service.”

For more information and to find out how to become a school crossing patroller visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/schoolcrossing