Enlist Enforcement: Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Programs

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Typically, SRTS initiatives develop over a period of years. Below is a list of seven typical steps in the early life of a SRTS program. Law enforcement agencies and personnel are likely to have something to offer every step of the way. For more detailed information regarding how different officer types can be involved, choose an officer type from the list on the left.

SRTS Step 1: Help Bring Together the Right People.

A SRTS steering committee ensures broad-based community representation of the community's needs. Members offer differing backgrounds and expertise, i.e. school principal, parents, teachers, local health officials, transportation planners and engineers, students and others.

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SRTS Step 2: Participate in a Kick-off Meeting to Set a Vision.

An initial meeting determines the vision for a local SRTS program.

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SRTS Step 3: Help Gather Information and Identify Issues.

In developing a SRTS plan, real or perceived issues by the community must be considered.

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SRTS Step 4: Help Identify Solutions and Potential Interventions.

Every member of the steering committee offers a intervention or solution worth considering.

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SRTS Step 5: Help Develop a Plan.

Prioritizing solutions and formalizing a plan are important next steps and often a requirement for submitting a grant application to various funding sources.

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SRTS Step 6: Help Get the Plan and People Moving.

Plans are only effective when they are followed by actions. The team should start recruiting people to help move on the action items identified in the plan.

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SRTS Step 7: Evaluate, adjust and sustain the effort.

Ongoing evaluation and adjustment is important to a successful program.

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