Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are typically organized at the individual school level or among a cluster of schools or school districts. A training officer can help prepare new law enforcement officers understand the importance of connecting with the community in meaningful ways. The rest of you agency may be participating in Safe Routes to School, and you're well positioned to provide insight, guidance, and suggestions to aid your entire force to support the schools in your community involved in SRTS.
Ways to Get Involved:
- Help assess your agency's existing knowledge related to bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement by reviewing the facts about bicycle and pedestrian safety issues.
- Acquire and review available training materials on this topic noted below and throughout this guide.
- Participate in a national SRTS training course.
- Contact your SRTS coordinator to find out when the next course will be offered in your state.
- Talking Points: Addressing Parents
Depending on your level of involvement and the extent of your program's SRTS activities, you may want to seek federal funds or assist others in doing so. Click here for more information on funding for SRTS programs.
Note: Under the Federal SRTS program, States are authorized to fund only those activities that are directed towards students in grades k–8 and within two miles of the school site.