Pearl Foot Patrol Launches First Scheduled WalkLeave a Comment
Friends of the Pearl in Action
Donning their colorful yellow vests, nine Friends of the Pearl volunteers recently went out on their first of regularly scheduled patrols throughout the Pearl District. This patrol focused on the north end of the district, but will be patrolling various areas of the neighborhood on different dates. In addition to the regular patrols, volunteers will also be doing random patrols.
Initiated by Friends of the Pearl, a subcommittee of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association’s Livability and Safety Committee, the group has grown to over twenty volunteers with a number of others in the wings awaiting training. One of the groups initiators and leaders, Patrice Hanson said, “We are thrilled to get this program going and are encouraged by the enthusiasm and dedication of the volunteers. This is one small way in which we can help maintain the quality and livability of our neighborhood.”
Mark Wells, Crime Prevention Coordinator from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), has led the training and will continue to help train new volunteers. Mr. Wells speaks about various criminal and suspicious activities, reporting procedure and the critical importance of non confrontation as personal safety is paramount. There are currently six Foot Patrols in neighborhoods across the city.
Another safety initiative in the coming months will be the creation of a Neighborhood Watch program.
More detailed information about neighborhood safety can be found on the ONI website www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp
Those are over 18 years of age who are interested in participating should email firstname.lastname@example.org
-Reported by Stan Penkin