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Brooklyn Foot Patrol revived, trained, and afoot

by: RITA A. LEONARD - A group portrait of the new members of the revived, all-volunteer Brooklyn Foot Patrol. The author of this article is fourth from the left.Neighborhood foot patrols come and go – since they are composed of community volunteers, and are subject to their time and interest in participating. One Inner Southeast foot patrol is coming back to life again.

A re-energized Brooklyn Foot Patrol met for an inaugural route training on the evening of May 9. A significant amount of neighborhood interest was raised after several years’ lapse, and the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association invited Jacob Brostoff, Portland’s Crime Prevention Coordinator, to give a presentation on reconstituting the volunteer organization.

The new organization has developed evening patrol groups to cover the Brooklyn neighborhood east and west of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, as well as a daytime patrol group.

Some fifteen volunteers next met at a home near Winterhaven School to discuss procedures and scheduling. Former BFP member Don Stephens handed out a supply of reflective vests and flashlights, and former BAC Chair Marie Phillippi offered tips about possible areas of concern.

After reviewing the parameters of the organization, Brostoff led the group on an exploratory route through the neighborhood to train members on concerns to look for, and on how to report them.

Much good-natured conversation and information on neighborhood history interspersed training routines along the route. After about an hour, the group returned to review observations and rules for safety. Co-Chairs Matt McComas and Spencer Fisher divided volunteers into three groups according to their available schedules and interests, and the new Brooklyn Foot Patrol concluded its first patrol by sharing a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Any Brooklyn resident BAC member interested in volunteering to be part of the new patrol is urged to contact the Brooklyn Action Corps at 503/241-4540, or Jacob Brostoff at 503/823-0540, to learn about volunteer training.