Brothers on Patrol

Detroit Impact, Inc.’s Brothers on Patrol (BOP) has been in existence since 1992. BOP was established to assist in the monitoring of students traveling to and from school during peak travel hours. The original team consisted of concerned parents, block club members, local businesses, and local churches. To this day, BOP founding members Calvin Colbert, Allen Martin, Ronald Brown, and Bernard Spragner continue in the advocacy and organizing efforts for safe routes for all students in every community. The team keeps in their hearts one of the BOP fallen soldiers, Adisa, who was an integral member on the frontline with BOP and youth advocacy.

Founded from a trend of youth on youth robberies and assaults, BOP organized to put an end to “jacking” students while going to and from school. BOP’s presence and relationship building with area gangs and other youth began to curve the upward trend of youth violence in the targeted community; 48227. BOP began to work with area gang members and other students on addressing basic needs, conflict resolution, recreation, employment skills, educational attainment, and offering themselves as positive adult male role models. Since then, BOP has be acknowledge and supported by every city administration since the honorable Coleman A. Young.

Mission of BOP
It is our mission to organize and train parents, volunteers, and community stakeholders to become the eyes and ears of their neighborhoods.

Vision of BOP
The vision of BOP is to ensure that all students have a safe passage to and from school by monitoring safe school routes in which students travel.

Awards & Acknowledgements
Some of the awards that Brothers On Patrol have received include:

  • “Volunteers Restoring Unity in the Community” September, 2002 by Community Service Commission
  • “Group Service Award” February, 2012 by Detroit 300
  • “Trailblazers for Transformation” January, 2012 by Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance
  • “William J. Beckham, Jr. Community Service Legacy Award” for the Safe Streets Initiative 2000-01 by The National Conference for Communities and Justice<
  • “Second to None Award” 1997 by BOUY II/Second Precinct

To volunteer or to get training for your community, contact us at 313-272-0004. An “organized” community group begins with a team of 3-5 diligent members with the intent to recruit more community members. Each community is responsible to their team and each other.

The volunteer roles include:

  • Car Patrol (driver or observer)
  • Foot Patrol (2 person teams)
  • Phone Support (text or call other community members of incidents)
  • Eyes and Ears (text or call patrol base of suspicious activities)
  • Advocates (write letters to city and government officials to request for assistance)
  • Organizers (assist to organize and train other community members)
  • Reporters (write articles for website and other media highlighting patrol efforts and human interest stories.)
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