City organizers of patrol program take idea overseas

July 12, 2005

Organizers of a citizen patrol program in Baltimore's Southern Police District are in England to help establish a similar program in Middlesbrough, a town of 135,000 near the Scottish border.

In Baltimore's program, volunteers walk the streets alongside police in neighborhoods including Cherry Hill, Federal Hill, Pigtown and Locust Point.

Police have made nine arrests during the patrols since the program started in August last year. British law enforcement officials learned of the program during a recent visit to Baltimore, and they invited the president and vice president of the Southern District Police Community Relations Council.

"This is an incredible opportunity to highlight ... the success of the walks," said Shannon Sullivan, vice president of the community relations council, who helped organize the program.

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