Residents to gather for Night Out

Opening of police station to mark anti-crime effort

Howard County

August 03, 2004|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

Howard County police and local residents will gather tonight on front porches, at block parties and in village centers to participate in the 21st annual National Night Out, marked with the opening of the police satellite office in Oakland Mills.

More than 30 community parties are scheduled as part of National Night Out - which is observed nationwide to raise crime prevention awareness - with police mascots and public officials touring the neighborhoods.

"It's a night for residents to come out and take a stand with the Police Department and show their commitment to crime prevention and working with the police in a community policing effort to fight crime," said Pfc. David Proulx, a police spokesman.

The opening ceremony of the new police satellite office is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Oakland Mills Village Center, 5820 Robert Oliver Place.

The office is modeled after the CSAFE (Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement) program, which replaced the HotSpots initiative and has offices in Long Reach and Harper's Choice.

Pfc. Michael Johnson will be stationed in the satellite office. He has been working in The Other Barn, a community center, since October, and during that time the number of calls for service in the area has decreased. From April to September last year, 1,063 calls for service were made in Oakland Mills. From October to March this year, 731 calls were made.

The community is welcoming the satellite office, but its necessity had been questioned by Oakland Mills Village Board Chairman David A. Hatch, who worried that the extra police presence would contribute to the image of the village center being crime-ridden.

The satellite office will bring an added presence to the struggling village center, which is poised for revival. A Food Lion, scheduled to open by early next year, will act as the center's commercial anchor when it takes over the site of the former Metro Food Market, which closed in 2001.

"The village center is going to be bustling again, so we're especially happy to have this police presence," said Barbara Russell, who represents Oakland Mills on the Columbia Council.

However, the center still suffers from vacancies - the Last Chance Saloon closed in January, and Exxon Mobil Corp. closed its station in 1999. A senior citizens apartment complex had been planned for the gas station site, but the developer said the company refused to sell the land.

As part of National Night Out, police are asking residents to turn on outside lights and spend at least an hour in front of their homes to show unity in the effort to fight crime. Last year, more than 34 million people throughout more than 10,000 communities participated, according to the organization.

Information: Residents can call the Police Department's Office of Public Affairs at 410-313-3020.

The following community parties are scheduled for tonight:


Harper's Choice Village Center - police satellite office, 5485 Harpers Farm Road, 6 p.m.

Harper's Choice / Wilde Lake - 5376 Fall River Row Court, 6 p.m.

Watermark Place Condos - 10001 Windstream, 7 p.m.

Hawthorn / Cedar Woods - 10840 Bird Song Pass, 7:45 p.m.

Cedar Woods - Cedar Fern Court, 6:30 p.m.

Hickory Ridge - 10614 High Beam Court, 7 p.m.

Wilde Lake / Cross Fox Condos - 10586 Faulkner Ridge Court, 6:15 p.m.

Wilde Lake / Bryant Square - 10327 Night Mist Court, 7 p.m.

Owen Brown / east Columbia library - 6600 Cradlerock Way, 6 p.m.

Owen Brown / Woodlake - 7320 Mossy Brink Court, 6:30 p.m.

Long Reach Village Center - police satellite office, 8712 Arybrink Lane #M, 6 p.m.

Oakland Mills Village Center - police satellite office, 5820 Robert Oliver Place, 5:30 p.m.

Orchard Hill, Owen Brown - 6293 Light Point Place, 6 p.m.

Vantage Point Park, Wilde Lake / Oakland Mills - Vantage Point Road, behind Oakland Mansion, 7 p.m.

Talbott Springs, Oakland Mills - 9598 Basket Ring Road, 7 p.m.

Glenshire / Guilford Park - Lambeth Court, 6:30 p.m.

Jeffers Hill / Owen Brown - 6300 Rainprint Row, 7:30 p.m.

Phelps Luck / Long Reach - Wild Lilac, Tilted Stone, White Mane and Enberend, 6 p.m.

Brookside / Long Reach - Wind Rider Way, 6:30 p.m.

Hopewell Park / Owen Brown - 6942 Spinning Seed, 6:30 p.m.

Kendall Ridge / Long Reach - Moon Glass Court, 7 p.m.

Carter's Cove / Guilford Park - Carter's Lane near Guilford Square, 7 p.m.

Ellicott City:

Overlook, Calvert Ridge, Timberview - 7136 Elk Mar, 6:30 p.m.

River Mill Estates - Patapsco River Road, playground area, 7:30 p.m.

Governors Landing - Split Rail Lane, 7 p.m.

Centennial / O'Donnell - 10114 Colonial Drive, 7:15 p.m.

Rockburn Township - 7701 Millstone Court, 6:30 p.m.


Collingwood / Elkridge Area - 5228 Grovemont Drive, 7:30 p.m.

Hunt Club Estates - Goshen Hunt and Warrens Way, 6:30 p.m.


North Laurel / Whiskey Bottom - Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, North Laurel police community office, 9105 All Saints Road #G, 5 p.m.

Whiskey Bottom West - Whiskey Run Pool, 7 p.m.

Hammonds / Bowling Brook - 9347 Steeple Court, 7 p.m.

Canterbury Riding / Whiskey Bottom - 9222 Canterbury Riding, 7 p.m.

North Laurel Park - 9414 Madison Ave., 7 p.m.

High Ridge Park - 9801 Robinson Blvd., 7 p.m.

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