CAA School Safety Patrol® Program.
The CAA School Safety Patrol® (SSP) program has helped keep students safe in school zones and on school buses since the 1920s. Every year, approximately 900 schools in Ontario participate in the program and CAA South Central Ontario (SCO) works with local partners, like WESSPA, to deliver the program.
In Sept. 2022, after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus due to the pandemic, WESSPA brought back the CAA SSP program with 55 schools and more than 1,000 Patrollers. Under Dowell’s leadership, WESSPA was able to seamlessly re-integrate all their program components and incentives. This included comprehensive training for Patrollers, bus operators, and local police partners in Bus Patrol and Foot Patrol. Special events were organized to engage program participants and enhance their understanding of the importance of school zone safety.
One of Dowell's notable achievements was the expansion of recognition and resources for Bus Patrollers. Prior to her involvement with WESSPA, the program, its events and awards primarily focused on Foot Patrollers. Dowell, along with a Windsor Police Officer, successfully advocated for increased resources and recognition for Bus Patrollers, highlighting her commitment to inclusivity within the program.