By Mill Creek Communications and Marketing Coordinator Meredith Cook.
Members of the city’s Citizen Patrol are taking to the streets of Mill Creek Town Center as a way to establish a positive presence and deter illegal activity. Wednesday, November 20, 2019, was the first day of this new foot patrol program.
This newly implemented initiative is part of a pilot program aimed at volunteers who have completed the Police Citizens Academy.
Outside of deterring illegal activity, the foot patrol program also aims to strengthen relationships between the city, the Mill Creek Police Department, local businesses, and residents.
On the first outing last week, Citizen Patrol members introduced themselves to Town Center merchants by providing them with City of Mill Creek contact information and generally, letting them know what role Citizen Patrol plays in supporting the Mill Creek Police Department.
The foot patrol gives priority to those businesses that are affected by the upcoming holiday related community events, such as the Santa Parade on Saturday, December 7th.
“We spoke with a handful of owners and employees of Mill Creek Town Center businesses and all were very pleased to see us on foot patrol,” said Joel and Eileen Goverman, the city’s newest Citizen Patrol members.
They went on to say, “Perhaps the most successful conversations involved discussing parking, crowd management and street closures with businesses that will be heavily impacted by upcoming events.”
In addition to driving community outreach, Citizen Patrol members assist the Mill Creek Police Department by enforcing disabled parking violations, by conducting City of Mill Creek park checks, and by providing traffic control during events.
Looking to the future, Citizen Patrol members are excited to continue expanding community outreach efforts and to provide visibility throughout Mill Creek via foot and vehicle patrol.
They are also looking for more members of the community to join in on their efforts.
To become a member of the Citizen Patrol, volunteer members must first attend the city’s Police Citizens Academy.
To learn more about the upcoming Citizens Academy in March 2020, please visit www.cityofmillcreek.com/policecitizensacademy.