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TEMPLE TERRACE POLICE DEPARTMENT 
NEWS RELEASE 
 
11250 North 56th Street 
Temple Terrace, Florida   33617 
813.506-6500 
813.506-6499 FAX 
www.templeterrace.com 
 

 

 

 
      CITIZEN PATROL VOLUNTEERS TAKE TO THE STREETS                  
 
TEMPLE TERRACE, FL. – (8/24/12) – The first four members of Temple Terrace’s 
Citizen Volunteer Patrol Program are now in uniform and on the street, ready to assist police 
and help make our community safer. 
 
The new patrol volunteers are: 
* Dan Rosenthal, a retiree and volunteer diver at the Florida Aquarium. 
* Pedro Miranda, senior analyst for a health-care revenue cycle management company. 
* Autumn Balthazor, a middle school teacher. 
* Bruce Pla, founder and director of a Tampa technical school. 
 
The volunteers underwent 40 hours of specialized training in such areas as CPR/first aid, 
infectious diseases, patrol techniques, radio communications, crossing guard protocol and traffic 
control. Eventually, a dozen volunteers will be selected. 
 
The citizen volunteers will act as additional “eyes and ears” of the police department, said 
Temple Terrace Police Chief Ken Albano. The volunteers will drive specially marked Citizen 
Patrol cars and wear identifiable uniforms. They’ll learn how to identify, report and prevent 
criminal activity. 
  
They’ll assist police by patrolling neighborhoods and commercial areas; assisting officers with 
public safety and traffic control; responding to non-emergency calls; providing basic first aid; and 
reporting suspicious activities. This will free up police to focus more on enforcement activities, 
said Albano, who called the program “a unique partnership between members of the police 
department and residents of our community.” 
 
The volunteers will work on an as-needed basis and must work at least 18 hours per month. 
They’ll work under the supervision of Temple Terrace Senior Police Officer Karen Walter.  
 
The program is funded from revenues obtained under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act.