Taxi Drivers Being Trained to Spot Crimes and Call Authorities

The program is called Transportation on Patrol

By Jennifer Reeves
|  Friday, Sep 7, 2012  |  Updated 7:46 PM EDT
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The Broward Sheriff's Office has expanded their force, reaching out to all the cab and limo drivers in the county. They will be another set of eyes on the streets fighting crime. Sheriff Al Lamberti said that because the drivers are out on the street, they know

The Broward Sheriff's Office has expanded their force, reaching out to all the cab and limo drivers in the county. They will be another set of eyes on the streets fighting crime. Sheriff Al Lamberti said that because the drivers are out on the street, they know "what's not supposed to be there."

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The Broward Sheriff's Office has expanded their force, reaching out to all the cab and limo drivers in the county.

They will be another set of eyes on the streets fighting crime.

"They are out on the streets. They know what's right, what's wrong, what's supposed to be there, what's not supposed to be there," said Sheriff Al Lamberti.

The program is called Transportation on Patrol and it is being described as a neighborhood watch on wheels. The sheriff's office is training all the drivers to look for crime, and if they see something suspicious  to report it.

"A suspicious package, a suspicious person,a person jumping a fence, a person down, to call 911," said Lamberti

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The program will start at Port Everglades and then expand to the rest of the county. This is something cab drivers are excited about.

"We transport more than 4 million people a year. So it is normal to work with the sheriff to see if there's anything going on," said Jean Pierre, a Broward cab driver

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With thousands of extra eyes on the streets, law enforcement hopes it will be a win win for everyone.

"We spend 50 percent of our life on the road and and we have more chances to see what's going on around," said airport shuttle driver Mari Avetisyan.
 

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