Public Safety Professionals
Fire, law enforcement, and other public safety professionals
By holding us accountable to rules that keep us safe, public safety professionals show they care for our communities. Their experiences make them ideal candidates for collaboration with community members on safety education and enforcement efforts.
Improving the health and safety of our children requires that we make it safe for them to walk and bicycle in our communities. Families' perception that our communities are not as safe as they used to be has partly led to the decline in the numbers of children walking and biking to school over the last 30 years.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs make these professionals more successful by developing a larger community team working to increase public safety. It is also a chance for them to invest in prevention and create more eyes on the street by encouraging youth to walk and bike to school.
Below is information regarding common perceptions and how to make the case for Safe Routes to School in your community.