The Safety Patrol is a service ran by Westmore Middle School. It's purpose, as seen in the movie, is to act as the "police" of the middle school. In the Diary of a Wimpy Kid (film), Greg Heffley refers to it as "the cops of middle school." Various tasks Safety Patrol members have to preform include: walking Pre-Schoolers to their day care and enforcing the laws of the school. Safety Patrol members have a lot of privileges - free hot cocoa, missing 20 minutes of Pre-algebra (which, to Rowley, is a bad thing), and protection from bullies. It states in the first book that anyone who picked on a Safety Patrol member would be suspended immediately in consequence.

In the movie

Greg and Rowley Jefferson join the Safety Patrol because of the aforementioned advantages. Greg, however, abuses his right to be in the Safety Patrol by making the Pre-Schoolers that he was walking to their day care jump into a large hole. This was because Greg thought that the teenagers from Halloween were about to drive past, so he was trying to hide from them. This plan backfired, however, as not only did he mistake a man in a pickup for the teenagers, he was also spotted by Mrs. Irvine, who mistook him for Rowley, only because he was wearing Rowley's jacket. (Rowley was absent because he couldn't get his cast wet.) This resulted in Rowley being suspended from Safety Patrol. A while later, Mr. Winsky finds out the truth about what had happened, and Greg was suspended. Rowley was promoted to Team Captain for showing "dignity under false suspicion".

In the book

Greg and Rowley join the Safety Patrol because of the benefits.Their job was to walk some Pre-Schoolers back home. However, one day, Greg terrorizes the children with an earth-worm, they get scared and run with Greg chasing them.But, Mrs. Irvine saw him but because Greg was wearing Rowley's cap, she mistook him for Rowley and complained to Mr. Winsky. Rowley was removed from the Safety Patrol. Greg after being forced by his mother, and in guilt apologizes to Rowley and tells him the truth. Later, Mr. Winsky finds out the truth from an "anonymous source" (who was most likely Rowley, although it has never been confirmed) and suspends Greg and promotes Rowley to Team Captain.



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