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Towson Area Citizens on Patrol slate crime prevention rally for June 17

Towson, MD 061915 Staff Photo by Jen Rynda Captain Jay Landsman, Jr. makes some opening remarks at the 15th Annual Citizens on Patrol Rally Against Crime in Towson, MD on Friday, June 19, 2015.
Towson, MD 061915 Staff Photo by Jen Rynda Captain Jay Landsman, Jr. makes some opening remarks at the 15th Annual Citizens on Patrol Rally Against Crime in Towson, MD on Friday, June 19, 2015. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Members of the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol will rally in the streets of downtown Towson June 17 to highlight the group's crime-fighting message, "If you see something, say something."

This year mark's the group's 16th Rally Against Crime. The event will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Allegheny Avenue, between Washington Avenue and the roundabout, according to group officials. It will immediately precede the weekly Feet on the Street summer festival in Towson.

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As part of a partnership with the Baltimore County Police Department, volunteer members of the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol inform police of suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods.

Crime trends in Towson have been quiet lately, according to the group's president, Mike Calwell.

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"I'm happy to report there's nothing terribly pressing going on," Calwell said. "We're happy about that."

The goal of the rally is to encourage residents to become involved in keeping their communities safe, Calwell said.

During the rally, the group will also recognize "unsung heroes" of Towson, including Capt. Jay Landsman Jr., the commander of county police Precinct 6, which includes Towson, and his staff for outstanding service to the Towson community; police Lt. Randy Guraleczka, for excellent service to the Towson community; Officer Kathy Kraemer and Stacia Smith for service above and beyond the call of duty; and Officer Candice Covington, Police and Community Relations Council Precinct Six 2015 Officer of the Year.

"Precinct 6 is outstanding," Calwell said. "They're just a super group of folks to work with."

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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will speak at the event, as will Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson.

The event will also give children a chance to explore emergency vehicles, through such activities as climbing on a fire truck or sitting in a police car.

For more information visit www.towsonareacop.wordpress.com or call 410-828-5564.

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