There’s a new sheriff in town, and her name is Elizabeth Petre. Although she’s 71, carries no gun, and has no previous law enforcement experience, KOMO News reported that she and other dog owners in Mukilteo are part of a national movement which “aims to make dog owners more aware of their surroundings during walks and to know exactly where they are when reporting suspicious activity.”
The program, called Paws on Patrol teaches dog owners identify and report potential crimes while taking their dogs for walks around their neighborhood.
“You’re just the eyes and ears,” Petre told KOMO. “You’re just supposed to keep watch out for anything different and then you’re supposed to call 911 and explain everything.”
Many people are hesitant to call 911 unless they see a crime being committed, but participants in Paws on Patrol are encouraged to report any suspicious activity and give detailed information about what they see.
The Seattle Times reported that the Des Moines Police Department began a similar program last month. About 13 people participate and a new member joins every week.
I hadn’t heard of Paws on Patrol before, but it sounds like a great idea. Dog walkers are out in their neighborhoods more than most other people, so it makes sense to organize them to be the lookout for suspicious activity.