School Safety Patrol 67th Year


May 2015 marked the 67th year that students and chaperones celebrated School Safety Patrol in Washington, D.C. The tradition began in 1948 when Chief Joe Burson of the Griffin Police Department organized the School Safety Patrol program. The first trip consisted of 125 members who traveled to Atlanta by bus then boarded a train to Baltimore, Maryland and traveling on to D.C. for law enforcement related sightseeing. Throughout the years, the program has evolved and continued its success. Today, sheriffs’ offices and other police agencies have joined together to continue this long standing tradition. Now representing this program decades later, Sheriff Wendell Beam of Spalding County developed a nonprofit organization known as the Spalding Jr. Deputy Program. 260 students, 55 adult chaperons, and a seven motor coach convoy enjoyed a five day trip to Washington, D.C. The students took pride wearing 50-year-old tradition of light blue uniforms while out sightseeing the hosts of memorials and monuments of history.