Foot Patrol Volunteer Orientation on 6/6

On Monday, June 6, 2011, at 6:30pm, Friends of Midtown and the City of Harrisburg’s Bureau of Police are holding the first volunteer orientation for the Midtown community foot patrol initiative. The orientation will be held at the Heinz-Menaker Senior Center, located at 1824 N. 4th Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17102.

“Friends of Midtown members are looking forward to this opportunity to work with Harrisburg’s police to keep an eye on our community,” said Don Barnett, president of Friends of Midtown. “We want to be proactive about keeping our neighborhood safe.”

A community foot patrol is a group of volunteers organized to increase the safety and livability of their neighborhood. These volunteers take an active role in their community by walking their neighborhood streets for a few hours a month to deter crime and report incidents and problems.

Foot patrols can benefit the community by:

• Reducing crime and the fear of crime by providing a visible presence,
• Reporting suspicious or illegal activities, and
• Promoting positive relationships within the neighborhood.

The foot patrol is collaborating with the City of Harrisburg’s Bureau of Police, neighborhood coalitions and associations, and area businesses to help make sure that neighborhood problems receive a prompt and effective response. The Midtown patrols will focus on the area of Harrisburg from Forster Street to Maclay Street between Front and 7th streets.

At the foot patrol volunteer orientation, the Bureau of Police will provide guidance to volunteers on:
• recognizing & reporting suspicious activity, including what kind of details are most helpful to police, and
• dealing with confrontations.

Anyone interested in volunteering their time on the foot patrol can attend the orientation.