Monday, March 22, 2010

Your taxis at work

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Cops will hook up with Yellow Cab in Colorado Springs to help fight crime.

Cabs on Patrol (COP, get it?) is a partnership of the cab company and Springs Police in which drivers will alert police when they witness "situations of interest and vice versa," according to a press release issued by a local PR firm, Vladimir Jones, in behalf of Yellow Cab.


Chief Richard Myers will launch the program at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gold Hill police station, 955 W. Moreno Ave.

The press release says the COP program "will utilize an extra 150 pairs of 'eyes and ears' of Yellow Cab drivers to help spot and report suspicious behavior," the goal being to help keep the city’s streets safe and bring help when someone needs it. Calls will come in via the Yellow Cab communications department police hotline, and dispatchers will alert cab drivers to suspects and vehicles of concern. Cab drivers will call Yellow Cab's dispatchers or dial 911, just like you and me, to report suspicious behavior. All cabs will be marked with COP decals.

In the past, cab drivers in Colorado Springs have helped locate robbery suspects, stopped vehicle theft and alerted law enforcement officers to unruly behavior.

“Yellow Cab believes that each and every Colorado Springs business and household plays a role in public safety and crime prevention,” Duane Kamins, president of Yellow Cab Company of Colorado Springs says in a press release. “We are pleased to be partnering with Chief Myers and the CSPD to do our part in keeping this community safe and protected.”

Yellow Cab will make cash awards to drivers who have responded with the most critical reports.

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