Training begins for Schuylkill River Trail Watch

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Volunteers and elected officials came together Wednesday night to make a popular Philadelphia attraction safer. (WPVI)

Volunteers and elected officials came together Wednesday night to make a popular Philadelphia attraction safer.

It was the first meeting of the newly formed Schuylkill River Trail Watch.

The goal is to get more residents involved following several attacks that left joggers and cyclists rattled earlier this year.

"The first exercise was pretty cool because it usually happens, and this is why I'm here," said Kathy Mirano of South Philadelphia.

The night's lesson for the newly-formed watch group - hone your observation skills.

"Being able to describe the persons clothing, facial shapes, hair," said Executive Director of Town Watch Integrated Services Anthony Murphy, when asked what makes a good description.

Once trained, volunteers will carry out citizen patrol along the trail's 10.5-mile path through the city.

Murphy says being aware is critical.

"People have a tendency to run, ride and walk and not look people in the face," said Murphy. "So if something happens, and you're reporting it to police, the best way for that to happen is to give them a good description."

Those on the trail are already seeing changes, including mile makers posted every 250 feet.

"In the future we want to look at cameras, and also emergency call boxes along the trail," said Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.

And a citizen patrol on the way.

"When you see somebody walking or you see somebody riding, patrolling, it's going to be a deterrent," said Ray Antonio, Temple University.

Officials say they are hoping to have the Schuylkill River Trail Watch in place by the summer.
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