What We Do:
Citizens Patrol in the News:
The Citizens Patrol was founded by Andy Dlinn in 1995 and modeled on the Baltimore Citizens Patrol. The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition sponsors the Patrol. Since the Patrol began, crimes such as burglary, robbery and auto theft in Zone 4, which encompasses Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze and several other neighborhoods, have dropped more than 40 percent, according to Pittsburgh police crime prevention analyst Ashley Thompson.
Citizen patrol volunteers use their own vehicles, but are outfitted with radios, magnetic antennas and magnetic signs, searchlights, and zone maps. Volunteers patrol assigned zones Wednesday through Saturday nights in Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze. If they see anything suspicious, they report it to police and let the professionals take over.
Volunteers enjoy some perks, including free refreshments from area merchants. There is also an annual social in June.
All you need to volunteer for the Citizens Patrol are a:
We are seeking volunteers to work one night (three hours) per month.
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