Volunteers to Patrol Trail Around CVG Airport

ERLANGER, Ky.  - Volunteers on horseback will soon begin searching for suspicious activity around the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport under a program created by airport police that's designed to increase security in areas difficult to access by vehicle.

The program will certify up to 200 local riders to ride the eight miles of trail near the airport during daylight hours.

To become certified, a rider must fill out an application, pass a background check and attend a training session. Riders also must check in and out with airport police before riding and after leaving the trail.

Riders are expected to report anything suspicious. If they don't ride regularly, their badge can be revoked.

The program was inspired by similar volunteer horseback patrols at airports in Nashville, Tenn., and Houston.

 (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press)