About The Service School Safety Patrol Program
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About the Program
Origin of the School Safety Patrol Program in Winnipeg
Louise Staples was a teacher at Greenway School when she organized one of the first School Patrol Programs in North America, several months before they were instituted on a city-wide basis in 1936. Requested by the principal to take some action because of heavy traffic to and from the Minto Armoury, she organized a patrol of 14 boys with Douglas McGhee as her first captain. As they received no financial assistance, the patrol held a paper drive and a candy sale to pay for the red and green felt arm badges.
Since 1936 the Winnipeg Police Service has been involved in the School Safety Patrol Program. In the beginning, officers from the Traffic Division provided training and monitoring for the School Patrols in the old city of Winnipeg. Upon amalgamation in 1974, the Community Relations Division was created, and the job of monitoring School Safety Patrols was turned over to this unit.
Currently the School Education Section of the Community Relations Division is tasked to participate in the School Safety Patrol Program. The School Safety Patrol Program is made up of member schools and their patrols, the Winnipeg Police Service and their partners, Manitoba Public Insurance, McDonalds, CAA Manitoba and The Winnipeg Free Press.
In the City of Winnipeg, there are more than 8800 Patrols in seven School Divisions and numerous private institutions that participate in the School Safety Patrol Program.
Every year the most efficient Patrol Captain receives an award in Louise Staples’ name.
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