It’s impossible for law enforcement to be everywhere at all times. Annually, countless crimes are committed that are virtually unsolvable simply because law enforcement officers are unable to travel to the scene of the crime before the perpetrator can get away. It’s a problem that has affected big cities for years, but Metro Taxi and the Taxis on Patrol (TOPS) program is hoping to change all of that by engaging their drivers to alert law enforcement officers of crimes around the city whenever they spot them.
Metro Taxi adopted the TOPS program in 2011, and in less than 24-hours after implementing TOPS, the program paid off. One Metro Taxi driver saw a pickup truck sideswipe another vehicle outside of a nightclub, killing a valet driver as a result. The taxi driver then followed the truck, wrote down the license plate number, and contacted the police. Soon after, police found one of the criminals linked to the hit-and-run and arrested him.
Because of the Metro Taxi driver’s heroic actions, ‘The Medina Alert’ Program (named after Jose Medina, the valet driver that was killed). This voluntary partnership program between other agencies (including TOPS) aimed to engage citizens to report hit-and-run cases, was signed into law as The Medina Alert Hit-and-Run Bill, in Colorado, by Governor John Hickenlooper on March 25, 2014.
Ordinary people can also report hit-and-run cases via the free Medina Alert app as well.
Without question, this life-saving law would have never existed without Metro Taxi and TOPS. Visit the site to learn more about the program.