Wednesday, March 11, 2015

South Durham residents invited to Citizen Observer Patrol Meeting April 25, 10am

The Parkwood Association cordially invites residents of southern Durham--Durham Police Districts 3 and 4 particularly--to a meeting to learn about the Citizen Observer Patrol.

DATE: Saturday, April 25
TIME: 10am
PLACE: Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Road, Durham NC, 27713.

The COP program uses trained citizen volunteers during daylight hours to perform non-emergency services that that police officers would otherwise do.

The South Durham COP program, covering Districts 3 and 4, only has enough volunteers right now to patrol one day a week. According to the Durham Police COP coordinator, with 17 additional volunteers, this program could have volunteers on patrol every day of the week. (District 3 map, District 4 map)

COP volunteers wear uniforms and patrol during daylight hours in specially-marked cars. They carry assigned hand-held radios linked directly to the central police dispatcher (which gives them direct contact with all uniformed police on patrol) to report suspicious individuals and activities, crimes in progress, abandoned vehicles, and request EMS. COP volunteers help reduce the DPD’s response time.

We believe that we can recruit these 17 volunteers if the communities in South Durham come together to make their homeowners aware of the COP program and encourage them to attend an April 25, 2015 COP recruitment meeting, where individuals can discuss the program with Officer Suitt (the DPD COP coordinator), other police officers from Police Districts 3 and 4, and current COP volunteers. The meeting will be from 10 to 11am at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Rd, Durham, NC 27713.

We hope that south Durham can come together to provide better police protection for all of us by sharing information about the COP program to the residents in our communities, sharing on neighborhood websites or email lists, and encouraging neighbors to attend the recruitment meeting and volunteer to become a COP.

If you need more information or have suggestions, please contact the Parkwood Association office,  919-544-2161.

We hope to see you on April 25th!



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