School Safety Patrol

School Safety Patrol Program

Safety girlsThe school Safety Patrol was started in 1935 by the San Diego Police Department and began at just one school. Its purpose was to help elementary school children cross streets safely on their way to and from school and to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle collisions involving elementary-age students.

The School Safety Patrol is in nearly 90 schools throughout the city. There are nearly 2,000 fifth and sixth grade students serving as Patrol members. It is their job to cross children and adults safely at their school locations. They are selected, trained, and supervised on an ongoing basis by Juvenile Services Team Officers from eight area stations of the San Diego Police Department. Their jobs include:

  • Control pedestrian traffic

  • Control vehicle traffic

  • Watch and report traffic violations


School Safety Patrol members are rewarded for their work monthly, either through promotions or weekend activities. These can include:

  • Free holiday carnival
  • Outings to sporting events

  • Movies

  • Free 4-day camp at Palomar Mountain during the summer

To Join the Patrol

If you are a 4th grade student and would like to become a member of the School Safety Patrol, application will be sent out in the Spring of your 4th grade year. Remember that there are multiple things that will be reviewed including your attendance and tardies in the 4th grade, your citizenship, classroom behavior, leadership skills. You do not have to have the best grades but you do always need to work hard and turn your work in on-time.

For more information on the School Safety Patrol, go to the San Diego Police Department's website.

Rebecca Lyons and Amanda Kop are the current coordinators of Gage's Safety Patrol.


Gage School was recognized as the outstanding school in the Eastern Division for 2011-12 and San Diego Patrol of the Year in 2015. Most recently, Gage won both the Eastern Division title and the San Diego Patrol of the Year 2022-23! This honor recognizes the hard work and dedication of our students as they competed against 81 other elementary schools!

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