The Dunwoody Police Department new Citizens on Patrol program will begin Nov. 15 after months of training for the inaugural class.

“Due to the overwhelming success of the Citizens on Patrol program in neighboring jurisdictions, we are implementing the program here in Dunwoody,” Chief Billy Grogan said in a press release.

“Each volunteer patrol on the streets will increase both community safety and department effectiveness by adding more eyes and ears on the road, and by freeing up sworn police officers to complete other critical tasks. This will help to ensure the city of Dunwoody remains a safe place in which to live and work,” he said.

The final phase of Dunwoody’s Citizens on Patrol training will be completed on Friday, Nov. 11. Citizens on Patrol Program team members will then be introduced to the Dunwoody City Council on Monday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., at City Hall, 41 Perimeter Center East. The formal start of the program is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m., also at City Hall.

The program was announced in June and since that time, eight graduates of the Dunwoody Citizens’ Police Academy were selected and have completed 26 hours of classroom instruction and vehicle operator training. Those in the first class are Jim Sturgis, Ron Silvers, Jim Roberts, Russ Thompson, Julian Black, Jim Kilburn, Wayne Radloff and Kris Bhatia.

The team began in-car training on Sept. 23 with each volunteer riding with an officer in the Community Outreach Unit. As part of the training, the volunteers learned how to perform residence and business checks, park patrols, traffic direction and other non-enforcement activities, along with learning how to detect and report suspicious persons or activities, according to the press release.

The Sandy Springs Police Department began its Citizens on Patrol program in 2011.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.