'Paws on Patrol': Community policing nonprofit teaches dog walkers to spot crimes

As of this month, a Spokane nonprofit with a goal of crime prevention has 100 volunteers trained to check for crimes and code violations on their dog walks.

The Paws on Patrol program, run by Spokane C.O.P.S., short for Community Oriented Policing Services, enlists volunteers who receive training to spot red flags. Volunteers can then report crimes quickly using the organization’s website.

“It’s empowering people to take back their neighborhoods and make their neighborhood safer in a positive way,” said Patrick Striker, executive director of the nonprofit. “Nobody is armed, no one is making arrests. It’s building community as a vessel for crime prevention.”

Striker said people being vigilant

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