Guardian Angels back on patrol in Central Park
The Guardian Angels have returned to the streets of New York and will carry out patrols from now on in an effort to make the city safe.
The founder of the unarmed anti-crime force, Curtis Sliwa (61) and five of his Angel colleagues undertook their first duty of patrol in over 20 years around Central Park.
The New York Post reports Sliwa as saying that their return was due to the fact that Mayor Bill de Blasio was not allowing the police to do their job. He said that had forced the citizens to return to guarding the streets, the subways and the parks.
The red jackets and berets clad Angels plan to patrol around the city day and night. On Sunday, they patrolled Central Park which the founder described as “the crown jewel of New York”, claiming if law and order was lost there, it was lost all over.
Last night there were two teams from the Guardian Angels comprising of six people each patrolling both the East and West sides of Central Park.
Although the New York Police Department (NYPD) says crime in an overall context is down by 5.6% citywide, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly stressed that it's the perception that counts.