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In Dudley we have a team of School Crossing Patrols covering the Borough, including mobile patrols who provide absence cover. The need to ensure the safety of children, especially on their journeys to and from school is paramount to our aim of reducing road traffic casualties whilst encouraging active travel. The school crossing patrol service plays a vital role in delivering these aims.

All sites for School Crossing Patrols are assessed using strict criteria to ensure the provision is justified. The deployment policy can be viewed in the related documents section.

The Law

Dudley's School Crossing Patrol Service is provided under Section 26 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984.

School Crossing Patrols can by law stop traffic for any pedestrian to cross the road. Any motorist failing to stop when requested by a School Crossing Patrol is committing an offence and will be reported to the police for prosecution.

How do I cross with a School Crossing Patrol?

School Crossing Patrols are one of only three groups of people who are allowed to stop traffic, the others being traffic wardens and police officers. Only trained School Crossing Patrols  may use a “lollipop”, and they must operate at a designated site. They can cross adults and children across the road.

Rules for crossing with a School Crossing Patrol:

  • Walk on the pavement to the School Crossing Patrol
  • Tell them you would like to cross
  • Wait away from the kerb, on the pavement
  • Stay on the pavement while the School Crossing Patrol checks it is safe and walks into the road
  • Cross when they say you can
  • Walk across the road in a straight line (do not run)
  • Cross to the front of the School Crossing Patrol
  • If you are on a bike, dismount and push it across the road
  • Say thank you!

Some School Crossing Patrols work on Zebra, Pelican Puffin and Toucan crossings – at these locations the same rules apply.

When a School Crossing Patrol is on duty at a light controlled crossing, members of the public should wait for them to press the button.

Remember: even where a School Crossing Patrol is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their children’s safety.

Could you be a School Crossing Patrol?

We are always looking for suitable people for this worthwhile role - current vacancies can be viewed on the WM Jobs website, along with the full job description and person specification.

Please feel free to contact the office on the below number for an informal chat and to express interest in this role.

We look for reliable and caring people who are:

  • over 18 years old
  • with good eyesight and hearing
  • who can pass our Medical and Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • able to work for about half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the afternoon, on all school days during term times.

*We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; therefore this post is subject to medical clearance and an enhanced DBS check.


How do I request a School Crossing Patrol?

Following a request we will survey the area to see if it meets the criteria which includes a vehicle and pedestrian count.

Please note: School Crossing Patrols will only be provided in areas where the vehicle and pedestrian count meets the criteria. Existing sites are reviewed periodically, and where they no longer meet the criteria will be disestablished in line with the deployment policy.

Please use the form below to request a School Crossing Patrol