CINCINNATI - Cincinnati police have a new ally in the fight against crime in Avondale.
“We can't keep sitting on our hands and saying why don’t the police do this, police don’t live here, we do," said Mary Edwards, a North Avondale resident.
Edwards and others hit the street Thursday as part of Avondale’s first citizens on patrol group.
“When you get to a certain point in your life you like to give something back to the city and contribute to something that’s positive, and what we do is positive and does help the city of Cincinnati," said Jack Karch, a citizens on patrol veteran who came to help Avondale’s new unit.
Angela Conn knew she wanted to be a part of citizens on patrol as soon as she heard about the program.
“I’m a hurting parent, so I don’t want anybody else to go through what I’m going through,” said Conn.
Conn’s daughter, Carrielle, was found shot to death in October. Her body was found on abandoned railroad tracks on Cleveland Avenue.
“I’m tired of everybody dying, I can’t take it anymore,” said Conn.
Homicides are down 37 percent in Cincinnati, but crime is still a major issue in Avondale.
Police Chief James Craig addressed the group of residents out to make a difference in their community.
“We can’t do it alone, we need you,” said Chief Craig.
The volunteers use radios to call for police if needed, and they’re also a presence in the community.
"I think its time to step up and help the police, because they cant be everywhere at once," said Thelma Fuller, an Avondale resident.
If you would like to be a part of citizens on patrol go to: http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/police/pages/-9496-/
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