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Grant Park Security Patrol: By-Laws, Logo and Merger?

By Chris Newman
We’ve designed a new logo that incorporates the Grant Park sunburst in to the security patrol signs and the new signs will be coming out in 2013. We are in discussions with the Grant Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) concerning a potential merger with them. This will streamline administrative functions an also allow for more efficient use of volunteer time. We will still depend on membership support for our patrol hours.  All funds for GPSP will continue to be dedicated to your officer patrol hours.
In case you are not familiar with GPSP, it is a non-profit corporation run by volunteers. Membership costs $40 each quarter or $160 annually. GPSP uses that money to hire off-duty police officers to patrol the streets of Grant Park. During each patrol, the GPSP officer will usually pass each member’s house at least three times. If a member lets GPSP know that they will be out of town, additional attention is paid to their house while they are away. Since GPSP began over twenty years ago, burglaries in the neighborhood have dropped by 70% and some of that dramatic decrease can be attributed to the work of the GPSP officers. The more members GPSP has, the more patrol hours can be afforded, so please join!   There is now a convenient online payment program.  Just go to www.gpna.org and click on Security Patrol at the top. Please let GPSP know how easy/hard or useful you find the online system as it is regularly being tweaked.
Thanks to Botwinick and Botwinick, APCO Graphics, Paul Harrison of Edward Jones Investing, Oldfield HOA, and ADAMS Realtors for sponsoring additional patrol hours.

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