The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office honored the service and dedication of members of the School Crossing Guard Program during Florida’s Annual School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day Friday, Feb. 7. Crossing guard badges were presented to those who had most recently finished Florida Department of Transportation certification. A length of service certificate presentation also took place during a ceremony at Elk’s Lodge #1525 in Dunedin.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri presented 12 length of service certificates, 30 FDOT badges, eight FDOT trainer certificates and 30 perfect attendance certificates.
The PCSO School Crossing Guard Program presently has 136 crossing guards covering 187 school crossing posts for 36 elementary schools, nine middle schools and one high school in the unincorporated area as well as in the contract cities of Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Seminole and Madeira Beach.
The School Crossing Guard Program began in 1972 as a volunteer program.
Through the years, the program has grown to meet and adhere to FDOT standards. Each school crossing guard attends a mandatory six-hour classroom training session and two-hours of field training, which is followed up with three days of field training at the guard’s assigned post.