New Crime Prevention Program Enlists Help of Dog Walkers

by DREW HOWARD

The Rochester Police Department has announced the creation of a new crime prevention program that will utilize the eyes and ears of dog walkers around the city.

Dubbed the Rochester Police “Paw Patrol,” the new program will enlist the help of active dog walkers in the City of Rochester to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

“Participants will be trained in a one-hour training session to teach dog owners/walkers to be more vigilant as they are out walking their four-legged family members,” the press release reads. “The training will also teach dog owners how to report suspicious people, suspicious vehicles and suspicious situations to the Rochester Police Department.”

The program in no way asks participants to engage with anyone they deem to be acting suspicious, according to the press release. Instead, suspicious situations will be called into the Rochester Police Department where the information will be given to the dispatcher, who will, in turn, dispatch a police officer to investigate what is reported.

Those interested in joining the Paw Patrol must be a resident of Rochester, an active dog walker in the community with a willingness to be the “Eyes and Ears” for the Rochester Police Department and to report suspicious activity. They must also attend a one-hour crime prevention class in the park.

The Rochester Police Department will hold the one-hour crime prevention class on Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 15 at 10 a.m. Candidates are only required to go to one class.

All participants will receive a Rochester Police Paw Patrol scarf for their four-legged family member. A registration form to join the Paw Patrol can be found on the Rochester Police Department’s website and Facebook page.

For additional information, direct questions to Sgt. Lyon at 248- 651-9621.