Holiday Patrols Announced by Sheriff Golding

(Bel Air, Md. – December 12, 2005) — With the holidays quickly approaching, Sheriff R. Thomas Golding has announced a special holiday patrol initiative. For the fourth consecutive year, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office will conduct both foot and vehicular patrols of shopping centers and retail plazas throughout the county.

“Foot patrols offer our deputies a great opportunity to meet with the business community and citizens we serve. Foot patrols place uniformed personnel in positions of high visibility which helps serve as a deterrent to crime,” stated Sheriff Golding. According to the sheriff, uniformed personnel of the Sheriff’s Office will be involved in the special holiday patrols, including members of the command staff. The patrols will continue through December 24.

During patrols of shopping areas throughout the county, deputies will be responsible for conducting business checks as often as possible. Business checks include personally meeting business owners or managers to discuss crime prevention and provide them with forms from Harford County Emergency Operations to assist the county in updating emergency contact information.

Additionally, the Community Policing Unit of the Sheriff’s Office has created a crime prevention “Car Watch” flier. The flier will be used to educate citizens in ways to prevent auto theft and thefts from vehicles.

“The safety and well-being of the citizens of Harford County is our concern, remarked Sheriff Golding. The men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office will do all we can to ensure the safety of shoppers during this holiday season.”

Press Release

December 12, 2005