Crossing Guard Unit is operated out of the Department's Special
Operations Division and is staffed by civillian employees. These
non-sworn positions have a very important job in making sure that
school childern have a safe means to get to their respective schools.
In October of 2003 the City of Winter Park assumed the administration
of the crossing guard program. Prior to this time, the crossings
were staffed by the Orange County Sheriffs’ Office, however,
due to increasing costs and staffing issues it was determined that
the Department would operate the crossing guard program for the
crossings within the City's limits. Since taking over, the program
has been operated at a lower cost and all of the crossings are fully
staffed. There are currently nine crossing locations in the city
that are staffed by eight crossing guards.
To be certified, the prospective
School Crossing Guard must attend a total of eight hours of training.
The training includes four hours of classroom instruction conducted
by a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) certified trainer.
must pass the final test with a minimum score of 75. A two-hour
in-the-field instruction session at a real or simulated intersection
without children present must be accomplished. The final two hours
is an on-site observation by a certified trainer at the guard's
primary post. The guards are retrained on an annual basis to ensure
that they still meet the qualifications of the position. The crossing
guard is also required to take a pre-employment physical to determine
if they meet the requirements of the job.
For further information contact
Sgt. Bruce Robinson at 407-599-3510; email: firstname.lastname@example.org