Towson Dog Walkers Recruited as Citizens on Patrol

Dog walkers, along with their faith companions, are now fighting crime as volunteers for a unique crime prevention effort in Baltimore County. There are a large number of dog owners in the Towson area and many are volunteering to prevent crime as they walk their dogs. The Towson Area Citizens on Patrol (TACOP) has launched Dog Walker Watch and is recruiting dog walkers to serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Baltimore County police.

       Dog walkers are a valuable crime prevention resource in Towson neighborhoods.  These neighbors are out at all hours of the day and evening, in all types of weather. As they walk their dogs, the owners can observe activity in their neighborhood and notice something wrong. Dog walkers know who belongs in their neighborhood and what looks out of place. They just need to carry their cell phone and call 911when they see something suspicious.  

      The new Dog Walker Watch will enhance TACOP’s crime fighting efforts in the community. Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, TACOP’s dedicated volunteers patrol the streets of downtown Towson and 25 surrounding neighborhoods. TACOP has effectively shown that crime prevention is a community effort.

    TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP Programs. TACOP is solely supported by donations from the public. For more information refer to


TACOP Contacts:

Mike Calwell, President 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


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