Taxis on Patrol Program Partners with Columbus Police
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- December 4, 2012 2:33 pm at 2:33 pm #94892
Yellow Cab of Columbus Bringing National “Block Watch on Wheels” Program to Help Law Enforcement Fight Crime, Keep Neighborhoods Safe
On Tuesday, December 4, Yellow Cab of Columbus will announce at a news conference that it is bringing to Columbus the national Taxis on Patrol program, in partnership with the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Tuesday will be the official start of the program.
The news conference will be at 3 p.m. at the United Dairy Farmer’s (UDF) store at 5025 Tuttle Crossing Blvd.
Taxis on Patrol (T.O.P.) is a “block watch on wheels” in which taxi drivers volunteer to be trained as the eyes and ears of law enforcement. To become a certified T.O.P. driver, the taxi drivers are trained using computerized training materials and videos developed in partnership with the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.
Taxi on Patrol cab drivers are trained on how to observe suspicious activity, potential crime or crimes in progress and how to report the information most effectively to law enforcement. The Division of Police video educates drivers on how to observe and how best to report information when they dial 911 or the non-emergency police number.
Yellow Cab will also announce their goal to equip all 170 of their fleet with cameras, like those in police cars, to provide additional protection, and possibly evidence.
UDF will also be a partner in the Taxis on Patrol program. UDF locations will become official staging locations for Yellow Cabs.
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