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Citizens on Patrol volunteers get new cars in Woodlawn Monday

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Some Birmingham residents who volunteer their time to keep an eye out for crime got some cool, new rides Monday.

Mayor William Bell and Police Chief A.C. Roper announced two specially-marked vehicles will be given to the Citizens on Patrol volunteers in the Woodlawn area.

The Citizens on Patrol Volunteer Program is designed to provide a visible presence on the streets to deter crime.

The new vehicles are Chevrolet cars, with special lights on top, and has the Citizens on Patrol graphics on the sides.

The Mayor's Office of Community Policing and Revitalization, in partnership with Woodlawn Foundation and the Birmingham Police Department started the Birmingham Citizens on Patrol Volunteer Program in August 2012.

Citizens on Patrol volunteers do not carry weapons; instead, they depend on their training and their ability to quickly relay information to law enforcement in their "observe and report" role.

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