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Akron to put more safety ambassadors on the streets, on foot and on bikes
Phil Trexler of the Beacon-Journal reports that the city of Akron will be expanding its downtown safety ambassadors program. The program has been active with three staff members since its inception in 2000, but will be expanded to nine, with funding for the program being provided by the Downton Akron Partnership and the Metro Regional Transit Authority. The ambassadors wear bright lime-colored shirts for easy identification, and are charged with offering to help visitors and workers with directions or other assistance, and also pick up trash and weeds. They are provided with cell phones to alert city police of any potentially dangerous situations.