Bell Atlantic Mobile Donates Cell Phones And Pagers To Citizens Patrols In Each of Maryland's "Hotspot" Communities
Bell Atlantic Mobile
Audrey Schaefer, APR,
The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention
Public Safety, Village Center of Poppleton
Office of Baltimore Police Commissioner
Rob Weinhold 410-396-2012
BALTIMORE -- Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Baltimore City
Police Commissioner Thomas Frazier, and over 100 representatives from
citizens patrol groups across Maryland join Bell Atlantic Mobile today
to launch a major expansion of the wireless service company's
anti-crime initiative, Citizen on Phone Patrol (COPP) program, to arm
communities against crime.
At a ceremony in the Village Center of Poppleton in West Baltimore,
Bell Atlantic Mobile is donating 36 cellular phones, pagers and
continued service valued at over $34,000 to serve all of Maryland's
"HotSpot" Communities -- neighborhoods identified by the state as
being heavily impacted by crime -- and The Village Center of
Now volunteers who patrol their communities each night to deter
crime will have free and instant access to 911. Bell Atlantic Mobile
is the first private sector partner to the Maryland HotSpot
Communities Initiative, launched by Governor Parris N. Glendening and
Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in July 1997.
"Patrollers are out here every night trying to reclaim their
streets from crime, violence and drugs," said Bell Atlantic Mobile
Regional President Gary Schulman. "We want to arm them with the
crucial link to police, so they can instantly report what they see,
and law enforcement can respond quickly."
Bell Atlantic Mobile has donated more than 150 cellular phones plus
cellular service in the Washington/Baltimore area during the past year
through the COPP program. COPP was launched a year ago in cooperation
with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association with support
from Ericsson, Inc.
"Citizens who take time out of their busy lives to patrol their
neighborhoods and assist police deserve the best equipment and all the
support we can provide said," Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend,
co-chair of the Cabinet Council on Criminal & Juvenile Justice. "Bell
Atlantic Mobile's generous gift to these volunteers across Maryland
captures the spirit of partnership that the Maryland Hotspot
Communities initiative is all about. Governor Parris N. Glendening
and I are excited that Bell Atlantic Mobile has moved forward to
become a model for the private sector, committing valuable resources
to make our communities safer places to live."
"Because our neighborhood includes one of the most crime impacted
areas in Maryland, with illegal drug activity and frequent violence,
the Citizens on Phone Patrol program is essential for the survival of
the community," said Everett Fullwood, public safety committee,
Village Center of Poppleton. "We're glad to be working closely with
the community police officer in our neighborhood's police substation
on this effort."
"The generous donation by Bell Atlantic Mobile will certainly
provide a vital technological link between citizens on patrol and
officers," said Police Commissioner Thomas Frazier. "The Department
looks forward to the continued positive partnerships with Baltimore
Bell Atlantic Mobile, the largest wireless service provider on the
East Coast and the second largest in the U.S., is based in Bedminster,
N.J., with regional headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.