Citizens in the Woodlawn area of Birmingham are being equipped with a new way to help fight crime.
Citizens on Patrol is a group of volunteers that will now be able to drive around Woodlawn and report suspicious activity. On Monday, the Birmingham Police Department unveiled the new Citizen's on Patrol Chevy Impalas.
The cars were paid for by the Woodlawn Foundation and cost about $15,000 each.
Citizens on Patrol volunteers go through a 10 week training program to learn what is essential to report to law enforcement and how to report it. C.O.P.'s are not armed, but they are more than just your average neighborhood watch group.
Currently, there are 10 volunteers in Woodlawn. They will work four hour shifts and rotate different days.
The mayor and police chief hope to eventually expand C.O.P. to other communities in Birmingham.
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