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Towson Times online article by Loni Ingraham,
August 4, 2014
National Night Out Motorcade Parade Tomorrow
Tomorrow, August 5, 2014, the annual National Night Out motorcade of Baltimore County policemen and firemen and volunteers from the Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP) will parade through Towson to show support for the area’s crime prevention initiatives. National Night Out is celebrated across the country on the first Tuesday of August. Highlights of Towson’s National Night Out include a rally and a police escorted motorcade which drives through Towson’s 25 COP neighborhoods.
Every year, National Night Out attracts hundreds of residents who turn on their lights, walk their neighborhood streets, interact with the police, cheer the motorcade and applaud TACOP’s community crime fighting efforts. Everyone attending the National Night Out rally is asked to bring 2-3 non-perishable items of food or travel size toiletries to donate to the Assistance Center of Towson Churches to help Towson’s needy.
The event will begin with a rally on August 5th at 5:30 PM. Towson residents, TACOP volunteers and representatives of the Police and Community Relations Council (PCRC), Providence Volunteer Fire Company and the Baltimore County Police will gather for the rally at Towson Marketplace, in front of TOYS R US and Michael’s on Putty Hill Avenue. At the conclusion of the rally, the police-escorted motorcade will lead the Fire and Police Vehicle Parade.
TACOP volunteers patrol the streets of Towson neighborhoods to keep residents, businesses and students safe. Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, they monitor crime activity in Towson neighborhoods and immediately call 911 to report suspected criminal activity they observe while on patrol. TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP programs and is solely supported by donations.
For more information, refer to http://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/.
Mike Calwell, President firstname.lastname@example.org (443) 829-5276
Pat France, Vice-President email@example.com 410-828-5564
Janice Arcieri, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org 443-465-0150
Janet Eveleth, PR/Media email@example.com 410-821-1008
Barbara Lewis, Website Coord firstname.lastname@example.org 410-663-4266
DOG WALKER WATCH (a COP Program)
There are many dog walkers around our pet loving neighborhoods! CITIZENS ON PATROL has a new program that would be easy to participate in… Through DOG WALKER WATCH, we hope to convert many of those walkers to ‘extra eyes and ears’ of the police to help fight crime. Dog walkers can be an extremely valuable resource in helping to make our communities safer. Dog walkers are out at all hours of the day and in all types of weather – and they know who belongs in their neighborhood and what is wrong in the neighborhood.
Dog walkers just need to be aware of what’s going on around them and what is out of place. Just carry a charged cell phone and DO NOT HESITATE to call 911. Report things or people that look wrong to you. Examples of “what is wrong”:
• People going door to door, if after a few houses you see them try to see if the door is locked, looks in windows or goes into the back or side yard, it could be a burglar or one planning future burglaries.
•Anyone peering into parked cars may be looking for valuables to steal.
• Anyone trying the handles of the cars to see if they are unlocked. Can you believe people actually leave their cars unlocked, hard to believe isn’t it?
•The sound of breaking glass or explosive noises could mean an accident, burglary or vandalism.
•Someone carrying a TV not in a box, that is suspicious!
•People sitting in a parked vehicle. They could be lookouts or checking out places to burglarize or they could be drug pushers.
It is difficult to get people to volunteer to be Citizens On Patrol. Why, is beyond me! We need all the help we can get in fighting crime! So, this DOG WALKER WATCH is easy.
Remember, NEVER GET INVOLVED, NEVER CARRY A WEAPON and NEVER BE AFRAID TO CALL 911, The people at the 911 Center are there to serve us. We are the taxpayers who pay their salaries…you are not bothering them!
Questions are welcome! Pat France, KD COP/VP Towson Area Citizens On Patrol PH: 410-828-5564 or email: email@example.com