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Protecting Our Communities
Stonewall Citizens' Patrol has three main objectives:
Help law enforcement fight crime by serving as extra sets of "eyes and ears."
Provide safety and crime prevention education to the community.
Increase awareness of street crime and safety within our community.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When was Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol Founded?
In 2006, a group of concerned citizens, led by Bob Lehman, Tom Felkner, Ben Chapman-Gomez and Nicole Murray Ramirez, decided to organize a proactive response to assaults on several gay men that occurred outside the San Diego Pride Festival grounds. That response was the formation of Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol. Read more.
How do I become a patrol volunteer?
First, fill out the volunteer interest form on this page, and we'll get back to you shortly thereafter with details how to attend a training and a ride-a-long, and get you plugged in.
Is SCP affiliated with the San Diego police?
No, we're not affiliated with the San Diego Police - we are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to keeping our communities safe.
What people are saying about Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol:
By working together and looking out for each other, we can address and resolve problems which will affect lasting change in our community for all to enjoy. Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol is community strong, and I’m honored that our Boards has entrusted me with helping to guide the organization as we strive to reach new heights and achieve new goals in the months and years ahead.
Sean RedmondExecutive Director and Patrol Volunteer since 2014
Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol has been a role model of community service and caring about our neighborhoods…
City Commissioner Nicole Murray RamirezCo-founder Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol
I am thankful that SCP was able to garner support from many of our local leaders. From Congresswoman Susan Davis, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Mayor Sanders, to Chiefs Lansdowne, Zimmerman and the Division Captains of SDPD, Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol was – and still is – a respected and reliable organization that many consider a model for success in volunteer safety patrol units.
Ben Chapman-GomezStonewall Citizens’ Patrol first Executive Director
When we first heard that six gay men had been brutally beaten outside of the Pride Festival, we wanted to help protect our community. When that happened, we turned our outrage into action and made something good happen. The San Diego Police Department stood with us from the start, providing incredible assistance. Working together, we became a national model for community policing and citizens’ patrols. I’m proud of Stonewall Citizens Patrol. Whenever our community needs them, they are there providing an extra set of eyes and ears to keep us safe.
Bob LehmanCo-founder Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol
I volunteer because I believe being proactive is the best way to prevent crime and protect my community. By watching out for my neighbors, reporting suspicious activity, being mindful of my surrounding, and helping others, I help contribute to the safety and well being of those around me. My community benefits through my volunteering because there is strength in numbers. I am one link in a chain and the more people that step up to be the eyes and ears for our community, the stronger we become, individually and as a community.
Jay TurnerPresident, Board of Directors and Patrol Volunteer since 2009