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Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol celebrates 10 years protecting San Diego

The beginning of the Stonewall Patrol is the result of a rash of hate crimes against the LGBT community during San Diego Pride in 2006.
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Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol (SCP) announced two milestones today; celebrating ten years of keeping the streets of Hlllcrest and its surrounding areas safe, and appointing Sean Redmond as the new executive director.

SCP volunteers have been offering the community a decade of extra peace-of-mind with an additional set of eyes and ears for local law enforcement; a consortium of crime fighting. 

“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,” says Redmond in a press release.

“Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol is community strong, and I’m honored that our Board has entrusted me with helping guide the organization as we strive to reach new heights and achieve new goals in the months and years ahead.”

In addition to Redmond’s appointment, other community members were elected to fill roles within the organization: President Jay Turner, Vice President Edwin Lohr, Treasurer Karen Stone, Secretary Nestor Lopez, Director of Events Kerrie Stone, Director of Training & Community Affairs Don Mitchell, Member-at-Large Cris Soulia and President-Emeritus Aaron M. Heier.

The beginning of the Stonewall Patrol is the result of a rash of hate crimes against the LGBT community during San Diego Pride in 2006.

Community leaders Bob Lehman, Tom Felkner, Ben Chapman-Gomez and Nicole Murray Ramirez wanted to form a watchdog group that would add extra security to the streets.

“When we first heard that six gay men had been brutally beaten outside of the Pride Festival, we wanted to help protect our community,” said Lehman. “The San Diego Police Department stood with us from the start, providing incredible assistance.”

SCP is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization which canvasses Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights, Normal Heights and Banker’s Hill neighborhoods.

“Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol has been a role model of community service and caring about our neighborhoods these last 10 years,” says City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, co-founder of SCP. “Every day they make me proud and grateful for their continued service.”

Along with scouring neighborhoods for potential lawbreakers, the group also provides the community with crime prevention materials and safety advice.

The men and women of the SCP do not carry weapons and strictly adhere to a “hands off” approach.

In the last 10 years, the non-profit service has also been involved with high volume community events such as Nightmare on Normal Street, the GLSEN Awards, Transgender Day of Remembrance and the US Police and Fire Championships.

“Whenever our community needs them, they are out there providing an extra set of eyes and ears to keep us safe,” adds Lehman.