City's nine police stations will open to the public today

April 05, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

For four hours today, the doors to the city's nine police stations will swing open to the public as officers try to strengthen ties with the community and ask for more volunteer help.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can meet their district commanders, learn about block watch programs and find out how they can help by reporting crime, cleaning streets or volunteering at Police Athletic League centers.

The department placed advertisements in newspapers asking citizens to join the "Blue Crew," an "umbrella for everyone who works in partnership with the Police Department to raise the quality of life in Baltimore City," Maj. Alvin Winkler said.

The ads show a picture of rowhouses with broken windows and boarded-up doors contrasted with rowhouses that are maintained.

"This city belongs to you," the ads say. "A neglected neighborhood sends a signal. It's OK to cause trouble here. It looks like no one cares. But you care. We care. And together we can make your block better."

Winkler said there will be sign-up sheets for people to join volunteer efforts throughout the city. At the Eastern District station, a police dog team and police helicopters will be on display.

"It's a hand reaching out to the community," Winkler said.

Pub Date: 4/05/97

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