Kelly Waggonner is not a woman you’d anticipate running into near the intersection of El Cajon Boulevard and 50th Street at 3 a.m.
A family law attorney and mother of two, Waggonner might more plausibly be — in these wee hours of a Friday morning — in her home several blocks away, fast asleep.
But a few times a month, Waggonner hits these infamous streets as part of a volunteer tour of duty observing and reporting suspicious activity in her neighborhood.
When she’s on duty, Waggonner slaps a magnetic “TALMADGE PATROL” sign on the side of her gold GMC Yukon that identifies her as part of the patrol. Inside, she totes a red police-style light on her dashboard, a megaphone on the floor of the passenger seat and pepper spray in her seat console. She wears jeans, sandals and a navy T-shirt with the word TALCOP emblazoned in yellow on the back — short for Talmadge Citizens On Patrol. She keeps her windows rolled down so she can hear the noise of the street.