WOODLAWN, Ala. (WIAT) – The Birmingham Police Department along with Woodlawn Foundation and city leaders, unveiled two brand new patrol cars for graduates of the Citizens Police Academy.
Woodlawn is the pilot community for the police departments Citizens on Patrol program.
Citizens on Patrol volunteers are not able to make arrests and don’t carry weapons. They are trained to spot suspicious activity, make reports, help in non-emergency situations and keep in constant contact with law enforcement.
Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper says the program will help curb a growing problem in some communities.
“This program will really counter the don’t snitch mentality that we see in some of our communities because the bottom line is when people see these vehicles they know without a shadow of a doubt they know that these people will report their activities to the police department.
Volunteers all passed background checks and went through 10 weeks of training.