During the months of May thru October we will be starting the Volunteer Courtesy Trail Patrol program again. This is a group of volunteers coordinated through the Sheriff's Community Services Unit. The volunteers will be on the east trails to report suspicious or inappropriate activity. These volunteers will provide direction and assistance to trail users and report safety concerns to the Kent County Sheriff Department. These volunteers will not provide enforcement and do not have police powers, however, they will document times and locations of violations or suspicious activity.
The volunteers will display picture ID and wear recognizable vests so trail users can feel safe in approaching them. They will work in pairs or by themselves. Biking, walking, and rollerblading are the most common patrol techniques. The patrol takes place during daylight hours on the paved portions of the trail system. Each volunteer will have available a phone, and safety pack to aid in their patrol. They will have the ability to contact the Sheriff's department in case of assistance or to report inappropriate activity.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy our wonderful east trail system, while providing a great service to your community. If you would like to join our program or have any questions, concerns, suggestions or comments please feel free to contact me.
Deputy Ryan Roe
East Precinct Community Police