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Abuse increases for lollipop men and women

They are launching a campaign asking for respect

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:45am 22nd January 2020. 2-minute read.

Abuse increases for lollipop men and women

Buckinghamshire's lollipop men and women are asking for respect, after rising levels of abuse and aggression against them.

Launching 'Respect Me' this week, patrollers want to raise awareness about the abuse targeted at them. 

This project, backed by the County Council, will also highlight the importance of the role they play in the communities. 

Patrollers

Concern is rising after an increase of reported incidents over 2019, December alone saw 12 reports. 

Corinne Randall is the Patrol Supervisor for the north of the county:

"Unfortunately the number of incidences that our patrollers are recording is on the rise.

"The incidences range from general abuse and aggression to actually driving through. This endangers the patrol officers, the children and the adults that the help cross."

There are currently 60 lollipop men and women devoting their time to help children and adults safely cross roads, particularly around school.

Corinne said that he public are being ask to help if they see an incident of abuse:

"Patrollers are busy. They're in the middle of the road, they're holding the pole, they're looking after children and they're expected to get the registration so we can prosecute. 

"It's not always possible. So if there is a driver nearby and they see an incident please make a note of the registration and contact us"

To report any incidents involving School Crossing Patrollers, please contact:

  • Corinne Randall—Aylesbury Vale and Wycombe (West): Tel: 01296 383432
  • Georgina Longley—Chiltern & South Bucks and Wycombe (East): Tel: 01494 586639 Job share welcome.
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