Frigid Temperatures Do Not Stop Community Crime Patrol
Despite the blustery, downright painful temperatures, some crime fighters are not letting it stop their work.
Members of the Community Crime Patrol, or CCP, say they typically patrol from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. most nights.
They say when temperatures dip below negative 10 degrees, including wind chill, they call it a night.
CCP members are crime fighters in training. Their main goal is to be additional eyes and ears for Columbus police officers.
"We don't have any weapons. We have a flashlight and a radio," said CCP patrol supervisor, Brittany Doyle. "We're out here just to try and keep people safe."
With temperatures dipping well below freezing, there's no taking chances for this crew as they hit the streets.
"It's hard. It's cold. You basically make sure you're covered as much as you can. I think I'm wearing basically three pairs of pants and five shirts," said Doyle.
They're bundled up, head to toe, ready to set out on foot. They say they don't have a set path, but they do have a set mission.
"If places are well lit, crime's less likely to happen. So we want to keep places well lit cause we want to keep crime down. It's one of the things we can do since we're nonintervention," said Doyle.
Unlike most full-time police officers, they don't have a cruiser to keep them warm.
"If you keep your body temperature up, you're usually ok, but we'll stop into places and get hot chocolate and get the feeling back into your face," said Doyle.
"I've got my hand warmers. I don't normally wear gloves," said CCP patroller, George Rizk.
Each patroller has their own ways of warming up in this brutal weather because, in the end, they know they have a job to do.
"We stay safe, stop crime, stay warm," said Rizk. Despite the cold, they're set on doing it right.
Most everyone in the program says they are interested in law enforcement as a full-time career. They hope their dedication, especially on the brutally cold nights, will pay off.