Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is responsible for training the Patrols at my school?
  2. How many vests and/or flags do I need?
  3. Do you provide rain coats?
  4. Why is there a deadline for ordering?
  5. When can I expect my order to be filled?
  6. How will my order be sent to my school?
  7. Why aren't there more incentives in Brandon and rural areas?
  8. During the winter months, when should we not send the patrols out?

 

1. Who is responsible for training the Patrols at my school?

If your school is within the City of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Police Service will come to your school to train your School Safety Patrols®. You should already have a constable assigned to your school. If you aren’t sure who your constable is, or if you are a new school with a new program, contact our School Patrol Coordinator and they will get you in touch with the appropriate officer.

If your school is in the Brandon School Division, the Brandon Police Service will come to your school to train your School Safety Patrols. If the BPS constable hasn’t reached you yet, please contact our School Patrol Coordinator and they will put you in contact.

If your school is in a rural area, RM or a band-operated reserve, the local RCMP detachment is your best resource for training. Local fire detachments or police are also good to contact. If you’d like to get training organized for your school, please contact our School Patrol Coordinator and they will assist you in finding a resource.

Please note: It is important that School Safety Patrols have a voice of authority training them. When questions or concerns arise, the best person to contact is them: that’s what they do!

 

2. How many vests and/or flags do I need?

The number of vests and flags required is different for every school.  The general rule of thumb we encourage is to order enough vests to outfit the amount of patrols on ACTIVE duty at any given time (ie: on the street), plus a few extras as spares.

We generally discourage the “one vest for every Patrol” system, as sharing supplies is part of learning responsibility: a key objective of the program. However, we do appreciate the many different systems at each school. Please be patient with us as we try to understand the system you have chosen to implement, so we can assess your supply needs.

If properly stored, School Safety Patrol vests should last five years and flags should last three.

Vests should be kept on hangers or hooks and flags should be rolled up and properly stored to prevent wear and tear to the material.

Supervisors should have enough vests and flags for the number of patrols on duty each day plus a few extras. There is no need for each student to have their own vest and flag.

Please remember that ALL supplies are provided FREE of charge to almost 7,500 School Safety Patrols in the Province by CAA Manitoba and supported by Manitoba Public Insurance. Please be respectful of this and do not order beyond your needs.

 

3. Do you provide rain coats?

We are happy to now offer rain jackets to School Safety Patrol programs in Manitoba. You are able to order a maximum of two rain jackets each year.

While wearing the rain jacket, no vest is needed. These adhere to the CSA Standards on their own.

 

4. Why is there a deadline for ordering?

We order the amount of supplies from overseas based on the numbers submitted to us by the assigned deadline date. Any orders received after that date are not guaranteed supplies, as they will be relying on surplus.

During the summer break, all orders are packaged together in a 1-2 week period. Staff during this time are solely dedicated to filling and shipping orders. This is to ensure orders are received at the school before the beginning of the school year. Any orders received throughout the year or after the deadline date will be subject to a delay.

Of course, we understand that things change. More students become patrols throughout the school year, and sometimes vests and/or flags break or rip. We are able to accommodate these requests as they come. Orders throughout the year are filled on the 15th of each month.

 

5. When can I expect my order to be filled?

Your order will be filled during the summer break. Orders throughout the year are filled on the 15th of each month.

 

6. How will my order be sent to my school?

If your school is in....

Winnipeg School Division
Seven Oaks School Division
Pembina Trails School Division
Louis Riel School Division
River East Transcona School Division
St. James – Assiniboia School Division
Brandon School Division

Your order will be sent to your divisional office. From there, they will distribute the packages to your school.

Otherwise, your order will be sent via Canada Post or it’ll be dropped off by courier at no-charge to you.

 

7. Why aren't there more incentives in Brandon and rural areas?

We are working to secure more incentives for patrols in rural areas and in Brandon. If you have any ideas, please send to schoolpatrol@caamanitoba.com

 

8. During the winter months, when should we not send the patrols out?

As Manitobans we know that winters here are cold. The question is often asked when schools, should not put School Safety Patrols outside due to these extreme temperatures. While it is up to the school’s discretion, we generally recommend not having patrols go out when it is -27 degrees Celsius with the wind chill or colder.