Established by a Detroit City Council Resolution in 1967, the Radio Patrol Program has been an essential part of the strength and public safety of Detroit’s neighborhoods. Patrols were established to serve as extended “eyes and ears” for the Detroit Police Department. Each of the patrols consists of a number of resident volunteers who commit a small amount of their time each week to serve as a base operator, a driver, or an observer with the driver. The role of the patrollers is to watch over their neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity or sights to the patrol base operator, who in turn contacts the local police precinct.
If you sign up to volunteer with a Citizens’ Radio Patrol, you will be contacted by a Detroit Police Officer to fill out a Radio Patrol application and join an existing radio patrol in your community. If there is not an existing radio patrol in your community, a Detroit Police Officer will contact you about the next steps to start a Radio Patrol.
Radio patrols can increase neighborhoods safety, assist in reducing crime rates, and build community.