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Who's Not Welcome in Towson? Rally to Spell It Out

The outdoor rally is scheduled for June 20 in downtown Towson.

The Towson Area Citizens on Patrol rally and Feet on the Street in 2012.
The Towson Area Citizens on Patrol rally and Feet on the Street in 2012.

A gathering in downtown Towson next month is designed to show criminals they aren't welcome in the community, according to a citizen-led public safety group.

Towson Area Citizens on Patrol, whose volunteers patrol 25 neighborhoods including downtown Towson in partnership with the Baltimore County Police Department, is hosting the Rally Against Crime on June 20.

Hundreds of Towsonites have attended the rally—now in its fourteenth year—which raises awareness of the group and sends the message that “crime is not welcome in Towson," according to a statement from the citizens on patrol.

The Boy Scouts of America Color Guard will help open the ceremony, which includes remarks from Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson and awards recognizing Towson's unsung heroes. Honorees include Delegate Bill Frank, John Falconer and members of Nextdoor Rodgers Forge and Rodgers Forge Citizens on Patrol, the statement said.

At the family friendly rally, children will be able to climb on a fire truck, sit in a police car and get in a race car, according to a statement from the citizens on patrol. "Captain Dee-Fense will also put in a special appearance at the rally again this year," the statement said.

The Rally Against Crime is scheduled for 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20, on Allegheny Avenue between Washington Ave and the traffic circle. Towson's Friday night "Feet on the Street" block party will follow. 

Harlan May 09, 2014 at 07:25 AM
While everyone is at the rally, the crooks will break into their homes and steal stuff.
Bob Higginbotham May 09, 2014 at 10:35 AM
I wonder. Has this fun gathering ever prevented one crime in Towson?
M. Sullivan May 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Well, now all the criminals will see this rally and learn that they are not welcome in Towson. I guess up to now, they thought that they were welcome.
Justin case May 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM
I don't think I've ever heard of a town where crime "is" welcome

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