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.