Lauren Pack
Middletown Journal
February 5, 2010

[efoods]Michael Halcomb and Tom Long are nosey. They are always on the lookout for shadows in the night, something out of place or just plain suspicious activity in Butler County neighborhoods.

And residents don’t mind a bit.

Halcomb of Trenton and Tom Long, a Hamilton resident, team up regularly to be the eyes and ears of the sheriff’s office as part of the Citizens on Patrol program. Both laughed when asked if the pay is good.

“Oh, I have mine direct deposit,” said Long, a 70-year-old retiree, with a laugh.

They, like the eight other COP members, are volunteers.

Patrolling in a special cruiser with a yellow light bar, COP members assist deputies with traffic control at crashes and fires, aid to stranded motorists and making vacation checks for residents who call the sheriff’s office for security when they are out of town.

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