Law Enforcement Activities are a critical component of a successful SRTS effort. Law enforcement officers are often in touch with sectors of the community that may be marginalized or less involved in community affairs, and they are often more in touch with the pulse of a community and can speak to issues related to safety and crime concerns. Law Enforcement personnel can help ensure that the vision for the local SRTS program takes advantage of existing youth or community-related law enforcement initiatives that are already underway in the school catchment area, such as youth crime prevention programs, DARE programs, and gang prevention programs.
In addition to providing a unique perspective, law enforcement can provide data that may not be easily attainable and usually have existing partnerships within the community for sharing information, grant opportunities and other city resources.
Law Enforcement agencies may be able to:
- Provide student bicycle and pedestrian safety education
- Provide safety education and training to teachers, school administrators, parents and the general community
- Provide training and monitoring of adult crossing guards and student safety patrols
- Offer assistance for parents and school administrators regarding personal safety issues like stranger danger or neighborhood bullying
- Offer assistance with non-traffic related crime and neighborhood security issues that affect the ability of children to walk or bike to school safely
- Provide enforcement including speed, failure to yield, and other identified infractions around schools