October 23, 2015 – One week from today the Flint Police Blue Badge Citizens Radio Patrol (CRP) will begin patrolling Flint neighborhoods for the Halloween holiday. Volunteers from the community are still being sought to help make the holiday a fun and safe one for everyone.
The Flint Police Department Citizens Radio Patrol is looking to outfit 100 new volunteers with training and amber lights, CRP placards and portable radios for their vehicles. The role of the patrollers is to watch over their neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity or sights to the patrol base operator, who in turn contacts the FPD. The patrollers are never to put themselves in harm’s way or to confront a suspicious individual.
In addition to patrolling as either a driver or observer, volunteers can work as a base operator or even from their own home if they are unable to leave.
“You can still participate by turning on your porch light and observing what is happening on your block and reporting any suspicious behavior to your base operator. We have to recognize that community safety is dependent upon the FPD and the community working together, we can’t do it without you.” – Police Chief James W. Tolbert
Those interested in volunteering can contact the Flint Police Department Blue Badge Volunteer Corps. by calling 810-237-6823 and leave their name, address and phone number in order to be contacted with further details. Training session will be held Friday, October 30 at 4:00pm in Flint Police Department Roll Call Room.
This is the second year of the Blue Badge Citizens Radio Patrol. Last year over 100 volunteers participated during the week of Halloween.