21.06.23 – 70th Anniversary for School Crossing Service, British Empire Medal for PC Bond
Written by Hitmix Local News on 20 June 2023
Lollipop men and women from across Staffordshire are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the School Crossing Patrol service (SCP).
The service was created in 1953 with the first official patrol starting the year after. While the uniform and sign have changed slightly to meet modern standards, and patrols can now stop traffic to cross any pedestrian, adult or child, the role is essentially the same today as it was 70 years ago.
Staffordshire has more than 220 patrols, working outside schools and busy sections of roads, including people from all walks of life. Currently the youngest patrol is 26 and the oldest is 83.
Further information on the service is available at School Crossing Patrol Service – Staffordshire County Council
PC Claire Bond has been recognised with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to women’s policing and communities in Staffordshire in the King’s first Birthday Honours List.
Currently a Staffordshire Police Federation rep, Claire has raised thousands of pounds for the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors) and the mental health charity Mind, as well as supporting other officers.
In September 2018, Claire suffered life changing injuries to her legs whilst responding to an incident in Stafford and was lucky to keep her left foot as it was so badly damaged. In 2020, Claire’s extraordinary courage was recognised when she was presented with a Pride of Britain Award.
Claire, who joined the force in 2001, said: “I’m really pleased, but very shocked as well that people have actually nominated me for the award,”
Chief Constable Chris Noble said: ““Claire has not only shown enormous bravery while in service, but has been determined to help others. She was instrumental in the introduction of the ‘Thrive’ mental health and wellbeing app at Staffordshire Police – the first force to do so.
“This award highlights Claire’s hard work and commitment to policing and communities and she should be rightly proud to be recognised in this way.”