Taxicab company partners with police to spot crimeWritten by Caitlin McGlade | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A taxicab company is stepping in to help Toledo Police officers conduct their jobs more effectively.
Black & White Transportation drivers will now be on the look out for impaired drivers, suspicious activity, fires, automobile accidents, medical emergencies, missing stop signs, potholes and other road problems.
The company initiated a partnership with the Toledo Police Department modeled after a national program already present in cities across the county. The partnership is called Transportation on Patrol and it encourages drivers to report criminal activity to the police. Officers then respond to the calls that drivers may make.
The program is basically a mobile neighborhood watch network, said Sgt. Joe Heffernan.
Police officers will train drivers to decipher if what they’re witnessing deserves a 911 call or if it requires a call to the non-emergency line. The department will encourage drivers to also notice the signs indicating whether their elderly passengers are faring well on their own or if they cannot take care of themselves anymore, Heffernan said.
The drivers should not intervene if they witness a crime, Heffernan said.
The drivers will not be legally obligated to report and the training is voluntary, said Scott Potter, owner of Black & White Transportation.
The company’s vehicles logged 2 million miles in 2011. Black & White Transportation has operated in the Greater Toledo area for more than 75 years.