San Jose’s Japantown community formally launched citizen foot patrols Monday in hopes of preventing future attacks on Asian Americans.
The first day featured small crews walking the streets but the community response has been huge, meaning hundreds of potential volunteers are waiting to be trained.
The two-person citizen patrols were a modest start to the program launched by Japantown Prepared.
While only a handful of volunteers have been trained by the director, former longtime San Jose police officer Rich Saito said he’s gotten well over 200 emails from potential volunteers.
So, crews are expected to grow into groups of 10-12 working in shifts.
“The training highlighted that it’s
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