Towson’s Rally Against Crime Sends Strong Message

Hundreds of people are expected to attend Towson’s Rally Against Crime on June 19th to send the strong message that Crime is Not Welcome in Towson. Students, residents, senior citizens, families, elected officials and business leaders will gather in downtown Towson to show their support for the Towson Area Citizens On Patrol’s (TACOP) Rally Against Crime. Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, TACOP volunteers patrol the streets of downtown Towson and 25 local neighborhoods, monitor criminal activity and call 911 to report any suspected crimes they see while on patrol. 

         TACOP’s annual Rally will be held on Friday, June 19, 6:00 to 6:30 PM on Allegheny Avenue between Washington Ave and the Roundabout.  Towson Chamber of Commerce’s popular Friday night “Feet on the Street” block party will follow. Attendees are urged to bring their own chairs. In the event of rain, the location of the Rally will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church located at 120 Allegheny Avenue.

       Highlights of the 15th Rally Against Crime ceremony include a Boy Scouts of America Color Guard and the singing of the national anthem, brief remarks by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief James Johnson and awards recognizing TACOP unsung heroes for their significant contributions to make Towson a safer place. 

          Honorees include: Jen Spry, Activist Combating Human Trafficking; Chief of Towson University Police Bernie Gerst and staff; Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s President John B. Chessare and Domestic Violence Program staff, Former Baltimore County Police Colonel Kim Ward and, posthumously, William Toohey, former County Police Spokesperson.   

      Families are encouraged to bring their children to the Rally to enjoy activities like climbing on the Providence Volunteer Fire Department fire truck, sitting in a police car and getting inside of a race car donated by Brooks Huff Tire & Auto Centers.   Captain Dee-Fense will also put in a special appearance at the Rally.

         TACOP encourages the public to attend its Rally Against Crime on June 19th. For more information, refer to TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP Programs and is solely supported by donations.

TACOP Contacts:    

Mike Calwell, President  (443) 829-5276

Pat France, Vice-President  410-828-5564

Janice Arcieri, Secretary  443-465-0150

Janet Eveleth, PR/Media  410-821-1008

Barbara Lewis, Website Coord 410-663-4266

C.O.P Rally Against Crime Press Release

Citizens on Patrol to Host Towson Rally Against Crime

        For the last 15 years, Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP) volunteers have patrolled the streets of Towson to help keep residents, businesses and students safe.  Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, TACOP’s dedicated volunteers monitor criminal activity in Towson and immediately call 911 to report any suspected crimes they observe while on patrol.  TACOP shows fighting crime is a community effort. 

         Every year, TACOP hosts a Rally Against Crime to generate public awareness about the value of the Citizens On Patrol program and its effective partnership with the Baltimore County Police. At the Rally, outstanding members of the community are honored for their significant contributions to keep Towson free of crime.  TACOP will also celebrate its 15th anniversary at this year’s Rally.

       TACOP’s 15th Rally Against Crime will be held Friday, June 19, 2015, 6:00 to 6:30 PM, at Allegheny Avenue between Washington Avenue and the Roundabout. Towson’s popular Friday night “Feet on the Street” block party will follow the Rally.  Every year, a large number of local residents, students, elected officials and business leaders attend the Rally to show their support for TACOP and its efforts to fight crime and keep Towson safe.

 Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this event. 

        TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP Programs. Currently, TACOP has 25 active COP neighborhoods, solely supported by donations from the public.

     TACOP Contacts:    

     Mike Calwell, President  (443) 829-5276

     Pat France, Vice-President  410-828-5564

     Janice Arcieri, Secretary  443-465-0150

     Barbara Lewis, Website Coord 410-663-4266

     Janet Eveleth, PR/Media  410-821-1008

Suspicious Groups

Capt. Landsman is advising Towson Area COP patrollers to be alert for suspicious groups of people moving about or congregating in areas.
If noticed call 911 to have them checked out.

He said last night approx. 8 people were arrested trying to break into Towsontown Mall.

The Captain also suggests taking a break from all the news and doing something pleasurable.

Wesley Wood
Towson PCRC Director and Campus Hills COP Director

Crime Preventionm Tips

From Sgt. Fink:
Hello All, that time of year once again! Spring is here, winter has gone away thus time to bring out the Lawn Cutting equipment, lawn furniture, open up our homes and let the fresh air in!! Now we’ve all got to remember that at the end of the day, when the Sun goes down and we head back inside our homes for the evening that all the things we brought out need to be put away, locked back up, protected from others so that we all have our things come the next time we want them.
Many of us do what is necessary everyday to protect that which is ours. We put the lawn mower and weed trimmers back in the garage/shed and lock it up. We collect up our yard items and keep them secure so that they’re available the next time we wish to be relaxing outside.
As we head in for the evening double check your vehicles, ensure that all the doors and windows are closed up, locked. Things of value are secured away, out of the sight of inquisitive night eyes.
Heading off to bed make sure all your doors are shut and locked, windows securely closed, shades drawn so that once again those out and about at night don’t know what’s inside Your Residence and have no access to it.
We are all part of the Crime Prevention and Reduction Process in our Neighborhoods and Communities. As Police we are out Patrolling looking to reduce the vulnerability of our Towson Communities. Identifying those Persons who are unfamiliar to Us and Our Residents. Always looking to do our duty to reduce crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.
As Residents we each need to do our part to protect ourselves and our property, putting those items away that are easily moved. Locking up our Sheds, Garages and Homes when we are away or asleep for the evening. As Neighbors keep alert to those in Your Community. When You see a car, a truck, a person on your street that You do not recognize and feel uncomfortable or unsure about call 9-1-1 immediately! Alert our Officers to the situation so that we may investigate and identify those Suspicious Activities.
Staying Alert, Active and Aware can Reduce the illicit activities in our Communities. Please Spread the Word to Your Family, Friends and Neighbors for together We All Make Towson a Safer Place To Live, Work and Play.
Thank You,
Sgt Stephen Fink, 2815 PC06 COT


Downtown Towson Patrolling

Thanks to all of you who have been patrolling Downtown Towson.  Those of you who are faithful and patrol throughout the year, my hat is off to you.  Much appreciated!
Some of you may like to patrol when the weather is nicer.  Well, you wish is coming true.  The nicer weather is almost here. It only takes a maximum of 15 minutes to patrol Downtown Towson.  When I am anywhere near Downtown, I just add a few minutes and another patrol is done!  Then, of course, I email David so he can log it in.
let’s try to get out there and show our support for Downtown Towson. Let me or David Anderson know if you want you name removed from the Active Patrollers list.  No questions asked.
TACOP is planning our Rally Against Crime Event.  All of you are invited to participate.  DATE: June 19th.  It is a Friday. Program starts at 6:00PM Sharp.  We have three well deserving citizens who will receive awards for outstanding service to our community.  Then the next “big thing” is our fabulous National Night Out Event, August 4th gather 5:45PM.  It is a Tuesday.  If you have not participated in this event, please plan on it this year.  Most fun ever!  All you need is a full tank of gas and an empty bladder!
Your questions are welcome!
Thank you for all you do.

Pat France

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Vice President, Towson Area Citizens On Patrol, Inc.

Director, Knollwood Donnybrook COP
Recipient of “Fifth District Citizen Of the Year 2013 Award” from Councilman David Marks
Board Member Knollwood Donnybrook Improvement Assoc 
Member: Police  & Community Relations Council, Precinct 6
Member: Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA)
Member: Towson Chamber of Commerce
Member: Tiny Toppers of Maryland, Kenilworth
Board Member: Maryland Senior Resource Network, INC
Volunteer: Christ Child Society of Baltimore
7508 Knollwood Rd, Towson, MD 21286-7931
PH: 410-828-5564 Toll Free: 877-792-4494 FAX: 410-828-7730


Message from Captain Landsman reference Auto Thefts in Towson

We have experienced several theft of auto cases in our precinct and across the region where cars have been left unattended on the street, in driveways or in front of businesses with the engines running.  During the cold weather months, it is not uncommon to see an increase in these types of thefts.  However, things really seem to be picking up.  I have put out messages before asking residents to remove keys from vehicles and to take measures to prevent vehicle theft.  In the last 28 days, our precinct has experienced 9 cases of auto theft.  In 7 of those cases, keys were left in the vehicle, in an unlocked vehicle nearby, or the vehicle was running while unattended.  A call was dispatched just a half an hour ago for a stolen CRV that was left warming up on Walker Avenue.  It takes just seconds for someone to jump into a running car and take off with it.  It does not matter what kind of vehicle it is.  These suspects are opportunists.  Providing criminals with easy access to transportation enables them to move around the area to commit other crimes.  We have to make life difficult for the criminals!  That’s what we do in Towson!
Thanks for everything that you do,
Captain Jay Landsman, Jr.

Precinct 6 / Towson
Baltimore County Police Department
115 W. Susquehanna Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Office (410) 887-5507
Cell (443) 613-5833