The Ericson Safety Patrol provides our students safe crossing of Westonhill Drive 15 minutes before and after school. The selected students show an honest effort in school, and are positive role models for other students. They are selected on the basis of academic performance, citizenship, and maturity. They demonstrate the willingness to take responsibilities and give our children the safety they need.
The 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.
It is their job to cross children and adults safely. 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
The San Diego Police Department provides incentives for all patrol members by scheduling outings which are either provided at no cost or greatly reduced prices. These outings include trips to Wild Rivers, Sea World, the movies, ice skating, sporting events, etc. During the summer recess, graduating members of the school patrol are treated to a four-day camp at Palomar Mountain Camp at no cost.