• Harlem Police launch ‘Citizens on Patrol’
By Linda Green

The C.O.P. car, a specially marked vehicle with yellow lights and a radio, will be rolled out Friday by the Harlem Police Department. The car is part of the city’s new Citizens on Patrol unit. Photo courtesy of Kelvin Hartwell.

A group of Harlem citizens will become members of the city’s police force on Friday.
The Harlem Department of Public Safety launches “Citizens on Patrol” at 8 a.m.
Although a serious enterprise, the program has the same name and premise as the 1987 comedy, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol. In that movie, civilian volunteers were recruited to work side-by-side with members of the police force.
In Harlem, the 13-member voluntary patrol unit has been trained on observation techniques, policy and procedures, operation of a patrol unit and radio procedures, said Gary Jones, the chief of police.

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