Arundel History

Radio Patrol

June 03, 2007

It sounds like a quaint concept, the citizen radio patrol organized here 40 years ago, before the advent of cell phones.

The Sun reported that Anne Arundel County Executive Joseph W. Alton Jr. announced the creation of a "community radio watch program."

The article said, in part: "As described by Mr. Alton, the program would organize an estimated 3,000 radio-equipped private vehicles in the county into a crime and danger-watching service."

Drivers of the two-way radio vehicles would "come to the aid of their fellow man in distress by reporting any unusual occurrence or emergency situation to the police," Alton said.

He emphasized that mobile radio operators would not be empowered by the county to act on their own against a criminal situation.

All county residents owning radio-equipped vehicles were invited to volunteer to be part of the crime-fighting network.

[Sources: Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher, and Sun archives.]

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