Lincoln Park Citizen Patrol's Programs
Visible in their bright green vests made possible through the Duluth CSI program, the members of the Lincoln Park Citizen Patrol, who range in age from 18 to 78, give selflessly of their time and other resources to patrol their neighborhood by foot, bike, and automobile. They are present at nearly all neighborhood functions, including all of the Lincoln Park Cleanups and the Clean Sweep, Boys and Girls Club Block Parties, Revitalization and Citywide Crime Prevention Meetings, National Night Out, the Spirit Valley Day Parade, and many other events. They even provide traffic control when necessary and walk children home from school to prevent bullying. The Patrol has provided a highly effective twice-daily patrol of Lincoln Park School grounds to reduce vandalism and bullying. They have also assisted the Duluth Police Department with citizen education on prevention of vehicle prowls and thefts and helped the Police to solve these crimes.
The aim of the program is to build safer neighborhoods by engaging residents to know their neighbors and to act responsibly on their behalf. Members pass a mandatory criminal background check and have a code of conduct they must observe. The Duluth Police Department has oversight of the organization city-wide and it is the task of the Community Police Officer to liaison with each group.
The Lincoln Park Citizen Patrol members patrol the district in vehicles or as they walk enjoying a stroll with family and making personal contact with their neighbors. Some folks like to ride their bikes. Recently, members living in two of our larger apartment complexes have joined to form a patrol group that concentrates solely on their building and parking lots. The Lincoln Park Citizen Patrol has received honors for service to the community by providing volunteers for a variety of civic events and community service projects.