On August 5, 2014, baby boomers will show their support for local crime prevention efforts during National Night Out. As residents and volunteers of the Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP), boomers will join Baltimore County policemen and firemen in a parade through Towson to showcase the area’s crime prevention initiatives. Highlights of Towson’s National Night Out include a rally and a police escorted motorcade which drives through Towson’s 25 COP neighborhoods.
National Night Out is celebrated across the country on the first Tuesday of August. Locally, it attracts hundreds of residents who turn on their lights, walk their neighborhood streets, interact with the police, cheer the motorcade and applaud TACOP’s community crime fighting programs. Attendees also bring non-perishable items of food or travel size toiletries to donate to the Assistance Center of Towson Churches to help Towson’s needy.
The event will begin with a rally on August 5th at 5:30 PM. Towson residents, TACOP volunteers and representatives of the Police and Community Relations Council, Providence Volunteer Fire Company and the Baltimore County Police will gather for the rally at Towson Marketplace in front of TOYS R US and Michael’s on Putty Hill Avenue. At the conclusion of the rally, the police-escorted motorcade will lead the Fire and Police Vehicle Parade. Local baby boomers are urged to come out and support National Night Out.
A number of baby boomers are TACOP volunteers. Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, they patrol the streets of Towson to help keep residents, businesses and students safe. Volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the police, monitor criminal activity in the area and immediately call 911 to report any suspected crimes observed while on patrol.
Boomers and their dogs are also volunteering for TACOP’s new Dog Walker Watch to fight crime as dog walkers. Boomers, along with their pets, will serve as crime fighters as they routinely walk their dog in their neighborhood. As dog walkers, they will observe activity in the neighborhood and check to see if something looks wrong or out of place. As part of Dog Walker Watch, boomers simply carry their cell phone and call 911 if they see something suspicious. They do not become involved or intervene in any way.
TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP programs and is solely supported by donations. To sign up as a volunteer or for more information about National Night Out go to TACOP.