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The Pooch Patrol: Arlington Police recruiting dog-walkers to combat neighborhood crime

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ARLINGTON, Wash. – The Arlington Police Department is looking for volunteers to join the newly created Pooch Patrol program.

The idea is to get as many eyes and ears on the lookout for suspicious activity in neighborhoods across the city.

“When they see something that doesn’t add up, call 911 because it’s probably an issue,” said volunteer Judy Ness.

The department plans to hold a meeting to share pointers with dog-walkers on what to look for while they’re out walking their pets.

The program is being funded by NOAH, Arlington Hardware, the Gleneagle Home Association and other local donations.

If you’d like to volunteer, contact the department at 360-403-3400.

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3 comments

  • Lance

    One of the citizens featured in this story was not obeying Snohomish County’s county wide leash law. All dogs in Snohomish County must be leashed and under the control of a responsible person when off of the owners property unless at a county designated off leash recreational area. Criminals policing criminals.

    • wowjustwow

      I wonder if the owners of the pitbull that comes over and craps on my lawn every night knows this….or cares.

    • thatoneguy

      Leash is required to walk your dog, but if the camera man is posted up right next to your property and you investigate whats going on with an unmarked van and a huge camera you go check it out. I happen to be playing Frisbee with my dogs in my yard as you saw in the video and was not illegally walking my dogs. Though I am sure that you didn’t know any of that. When i walk my dogs they are leashed for their safety.