Thursday, November 19, 2009

Guardian Angels

The Guardian Angels is a non-profit organisation of unarmed citizen crime patrollers, founded in New York City in 1979 by Curtis Sliwa, a former McDonalds night manager, and presently with chapters in 13 countries (140 cities) around the world.
Sliwa originally created the organisation to combat the widespread violence and crime on the NY City subways, training members to make citizen's arrests, patrolling the streets and provide education programs for schools and businesses.
In the beginning, NY Mayor Ed Koch opposed the group, like many US government officials, but he later reversed his stance. The Guardian Angels have been recognized and praised by a number of US presidents, like Nixon, Clinton and Bush.
Here you can take the 'Underbelly Tour' of New York City.

1 comment:

  1. Keeping the streets safe is always good! I am surprised that NO Canadian city (especially those in the prairies with the highest murder rates) has adopted the Guardian Angels??? I wonder what they are waiting for....could it be that their beret is on too tight perhaps?? There is nothing worse than a poorly fitted beret that is why i suggest you visit South Pacific Berets and tell them Pedro sent you :)