BCSO swears local students in to Safety Patrol

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Sheriff's Office takes school safety seriously, and now they're getting some help patrolling the hallways from student officers.

Around 60 students were sworn-in to North Bay Haven Charter Academy's Safety Patrol Team on Friday. (WJHG/WECP)

Around 60 students were sworn-in to North Bay Haven Charter Academy's Safety Patrol Team on Friday.

School administrators say the students will monitor hallways, buses, the cafeteria, and other places around campus. Patrollers will also begin their day at 7 a.m. to help teachers greet parents and students when they arrive.

"We have 25 expectations that we're very serious about and when the students can be those examples rather than us just saying the words it really makes a big difference," explained Assistant Principal Rosie Hendrickson.

Bay County Sheriff's Officials say this is the largest class of patrollers since the program started in 2015.

The students wrote essays to show why they wanted to be a part of the program.

"We start them out in elementary so they can follow these same traits up to middle school and high school as they make the transition so they'll already have leadership skills installed in them," said Bay County Sheriff's Deputy Conssandra Ford.

School administrators say safety patrollers will also give out what are called Bucs Slips to students who they believe have done something exceptional like reporting a safety hazard. The ten students with the most Bucs Slips at the end of the school year get a limo ride and a free lunch.

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