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Corn Hill Security Offers Many Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities

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SecurityThe Corn Hill Security Team offers many opportunities for involvement and for activities that help keep our community safe. Here are a few that might interest you.

SECURITY COMMITTEE

There are currently 7 neighbors on the Security Team who oversee PAC-TAC, Maintenance of the Club House, Block Captains/Neighborhood Watch, Court Watch, Distribution of the Neighborhood Crime Stats and National Night Out. We always welcome more members; if you have an interest in neighborhood security and would like to join the team, let us know at [email protected].

PAC-TAC

Police and Citizens, Together Against Crime – is a program that offers neighbors the opportunity to help law enforcement keep our neighborhoods safe.  The program dates back to the 70’s and patrols in Corn Hill began in 1984. We’ve had an active patrol for almost 35 years!

Volunteers attend a one hour training session given by our RPD Crime Prevention Officer, and then walk training patrols with veteran volunteers before walking their own patrols with a partner. Walkers wear reflective PAC-TAC gear and carrying functional police radios. Walking PAC-TAC is one of the easiest ways to get involved in your community. It is also a great way to get some exercise, keep your community safe, and get to know your neighbors and our patrol officers.

Corn Hill is unique in that we have our own scheduling procedures, our own equipment, and our own clubhouse for our volunteers.  You can volunteer to PAC-TAC once or twice a month for 1-2 hours per patrol. You can request to walk with specific partners, or you can be paired up with another walker by our scheduler. You can walk during the day, in the evening or on the weekends. Since this is a volunteer effort, it is up to you! An attractive feature of the program is that our Crime Prevention Officer also offers training in bike patrols when there are enough interested neighbors. We have two bikes outfitted for PAC-TAC that are tuned up and ready to go!

So whether you are a veteran who hasn’t walked in a while or a new neighbor, please contact [email protected] to let us know that you are interested in being an active PAC-TAC member. A training session is planned for a week night in April. More on that when we have a group of volunteers.

BLOCK CAPTAINS/NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Corn Hill’s Neighborhood Watch Program has been established through the joint efforts of the Police Department, the CHNA Security Committee and our neighborhood Block Captains. The main objective is to reduce crime by increasing citizens’ awareness through an organized system of information and reporting. The responsibility of the Block Captains is to set up and oversee an email address system of neighbors on their block, and forward the Neighborhood Crime Stats at the beginning of each month upon receiving them from the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator. Block Captains also make themselves known and available to all neighbors on their Block regarding any security concerns and to obtain contact information, help promote National Night Out and notify the CHNA office of new neighbors in order for Welcome Packets to be distributed to them. We currently have a need for Block Captains on the following streets:

  • Troup Street from Eagle to S. Fitzhugh
  • Clarissa St. from Waverly to Adams
  • Clarissa St from Adams to Edinburgh
  • Atkinson Court
  • South Washington St.
  • Adams St. from Eagle to S. Fitzhugh
  • Corn Hill Terrace/Avery Mall
  • Frederick Douglass Street
  • Tremont Circle
  • Edinburgh from Clarissa to Frederick Douglass
  • Edinburgh from Frederick Douglass to South Fitzhugh
  • Tubman Way
  • Grieg Street
  • South Fitzhugh from Hubbell to Edinburgh

This is a great way to be a good neighbor and it is not a difficult volunteer effort. If you are interested in more information or in acting as a neighborhood Block Captain, we can help get you started! Contact us as [email protected].