TACOP Mike Calwell and Pat France On Dog Walking Watch


There are many dog walkers around our pet loving neighborhoods! CITIZENS ON PATROL has a new program that would be easy to participate in… Through DOG WALKER WATCH, we hope to convert many of those walkers to ‘extra eyes and ears’ of the police to help fight crime.  Dog walkers can be an extremely valuable resource in helping to make our communities safer. Dog walkers are out at all hours of the day and in all types of weather – and they know who belongs in their neighborhood and what is wrong in the neighborhood.

 Dog walkers just need to be aware of what’s going on around them and what is out of place. Just carry a charged cell phone and DO NOT HESITATE to call 911. Report things or people that look wrong to you. Examples of “what is wrong”:

• People going door to door, if after a few houses you see them try to see if the door is locked, looks in windows or goes into the back or side yard, it could be a burglar or one planning future burglaries.

•Anyone peering into parked cars may be looking for valuables to steal.

• Anyone trying the handles of the cars to see if they are unlocked. Can you believe people actually leave their cars unlocked, hard to believe isn’t it?

•The sound of breaking glass or explosive noises could mean an accident, burglary or vandalism.

•Someone carrying a TV not in a box, that is suspicious!

•People sitting in a parked vehicle. They could be lookouts or checking out places to burglarize or they could be drug pushers.

 It is difficult to get people to volunteer to be Citizens On Patrol. Why, is beyond me! We need all the help we can get in fighting crime!  So, this DOG WALKER WATCH is easy.

 Remember, NEVER GET INVOLVED, NEVER CARRY A WEAPON and NEVER BE AFRAID TO CALL 911, The people at the 911 Center are there to serve us. We are the taxpayers who pay their salaries…you are not bothering them!


 Questions are welcome!   Pat France, KD COP/VP Towson Area Citizens On Patrol PH: 410-828-5564 or email: patfrance@centrol-inc.com


National Night Out Spotlights Crime Prevention

July 7, 2014

On August 5, 2014, Baltimore County Police and the Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP) will host National Night Out to spotlight crime prevention in Towson. Highlights of this annual event include a rally and a parade featuring a police escorted motorcade driving through Towson’s 25 COP neighborhoods. Every year, National Night Out attracts hundreds of residents who turn on their lights, walk their neighborhood streets, interact with the police, cheer the motorcade and applaud TACOP’s community crime fighting initiatives.

      National Night Out is celebrated across the country on first Tuesday of August. This year’s event will begin with a rally on August 5th at 5:30 PM. Towson residents, TACOP volunteers and representatives of the Police and Community Relations Council (PCRC), Providence Volunteer Fire Company and the Baltimore County Police will gather for the rally at Towson Marketplace, in front of Michael’s on Putty Hill Road. At the conclusion of the rally, the police-escorted motorcade will lead the Fire and Police Vehicle Parade.

      All National Night Out rally attendees are asked to bring 2-3 non-perishable items of food or travel size toiletries to the rally, which will be donated to the Assistance Center of Churches to help Towson residents in need.

        TACOP volunteers patrol the streets of Towson neighborhoods to keep residents, businesses and students safe. Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, they monitor crime activity in Towson neighborhoods and immediately call 911 to report suspected criminal activity they observe while on patrol. TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP programs and is solely supported by donations.

For more information, refer to http://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/.

TACOP Contacts:    

Mike Calwell, President mikecalwell@gmail.com (443) 829-5276

Pat France, Vice-President patfrance@centrol-inc.com 410-828-5564

Janice Arcieri, Secretary janjoeka@comcast.net 443-465-0150

Janet Eveleth, PR/Media janeveleth@verizon.net 410-821-1008

Barbara Lewis, Website Coord blewis711@gmail.com 410-663-4266