Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-School Crossing Guard Program
PINELLAS COUNTY – Traditionally, the first Friday in February is celebrated as School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will hold a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Administration Building, located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo, on Friday, February 2, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. School crossing guards’ service and dedication will be honored during the ceremony. To show our appreciation, Length of Service and Perfect Attendance certificates will be presented to our members.
The Sheriff’s Office will recognize the members of our School Crossing Guard Program for their dedication, professionalism, and tireless efforts in keeping our children safe.
A total of 30 members will be honored during the ceremony. Eleven members will receive the Length of Service Award, and 19 members will receive the Perfect Attendance Award. Two members are also being recognized for being nominated for the Florida Department of Transportation’s School Crossing Guard of the Year Award.
Since 1972, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office school crossing guards have been assisting children crossing intersections on their way to and from school. Originally a volunteer program, throughout the years it has grown to meet and adhere to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) standards. Currently, the team provides service to the unincorporated areas as well as the contract cities of Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Seminole, St. Pete Beach, and Madeira Beach.
School crossing guards attend a mandatory eight-hour training session, which includes classroom and field training when they are hired at the Sheriff’s Office. Returning guards attend a mandatory four-hour training, which is followed by continuous field training throughout the year.
Thank you to all our amazing school crossing guards!
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is always looking for outstanding applicants for the school crossing guard program. For more information or to apply for a crossing guard position, visit the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office recruitment page at www.pcsoweb.com/careers
Media is invited to cover the event! If media is interested in attending, please RSVP by emailing Corporal Brenn or any inquiries at Pinellas_SO_PIO@pcsonet.com
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