Senior citizens help catch burglars

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - At the age of 71, Jim Bodmer still has a keen eye for his community.

"The idea is to look through in the backyards because most places they break into the back of the house," Bodmer said.

But, he's not just a nosy neighbor, he's a citizen on patrol for the 5th district of the Cincinnati Police Department, Monday through Friday, whether it's on foot or in the patrol car.

"We've helped make the community a better place and that's the objective," Bodmer said.

He's been volunteering his time for 10 years and recently his citizen policing paid off when he and his 84-year-old partner Don heard a burglary call over the police radio.

"We were there for probably two or three minutes and saw people running through a backyard, they stuck their heads out around the side of one house and we got a description on him and called the description in," Bodmer said.

They had spotted the suspects in plain sight, Cincinnati Police then arrived to cuff the three suspects who Bodmer says were involved in a string of burglaries in the area, and it's that motivation that keeps him serving as a citizen.

"Gives you a feeling of satisfaction that you've done something to help the community," Bodmer said.

To be a citizen on patrol you go through 12 hours of training before you hit the streets, if you'd like to get involved you should contact the Cincinnati Police Department.

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