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The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through September.

The opening segment focuses on the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Sergeant Anissa Watkins, of the Safe Schools Section, discusses the key role that SROs play in maintaining a safe learning environment, providing valuable resources to school staff members, and fostering positive relationships with students. She also provides school safety tips.

The topics of the second segment are traffic and pedestrian safety. Officer Cynthia Spriggs, of the Traffic Resource Management Section, talks about how we can reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities, especially as children head back to school. She also explains the important role that school crossing guards have in safely getting students to and from school, and provides information on penalties for driving past a stopped school bus with its red signal turned on.

The program airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police Report is available online if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

Pokémon Go is a new mobile game that uses augmented reality to place characters in real-world locations; players catch and use the characters in the game. It can be a fun way to explore your neighborhood and become more active, but you should always keep safety in mind as you play.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Using a cell phone while walking can lead to serious injury, whether from bumping into an object or stepping off the sidewalk into the path of a car. You should always put down your cell phone when crossing the street and only cross at designated crosswalks or intersections. The game's creators have guaranteed to players that a creature spotted on the opposite side of a street will remain there until you have safely crossed.

If you're out looking to add to your Pokédex, avoid secluded or unfamiliar areas, especially at night. Stay in well-lit, public areas where there are open businesses or other pedestrian traffic. If you enter an area that makes you feel uncomfortable, you should turn around and return to a more familiar place.

As tempting as it may be to try and corner a Wild Snorlax, it's important to remember that an in-game prize is not worth compromising your actual safety.

Do Not Enter Private Property

All Pokémon within the game can be found without entering private property. While the map may indicate that a character is sitting on a neighbor's porch or in someone's backyard, you will always be able to interact with that character from a distance. The developers of the game made sure to program this feature for the safety of the players and with consideration for privacy.

Additionally, all Pokéstops and Gyms (in-game locations for finding or “training” Pokémon) have been placed by the developers in public areas. You should never enter private property or enter a location after operating hours to attempt to access these game features.

Report Suspicious Activity

If you see a suspicious person, vehicle, or activity, dial 911 immediately and report it to police. For non-emergency concerns you can reach the Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017