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Volunteer safety patrol organization eyeing Albuquerque chapter

Brittany Costello
July 21, 2018 06:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – They've helped crime-ridden communities across the country, and soon they may come to Albuquerque. 

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An organization is stepping up and saying they can help curb crime on Duke City streets. 

That group is called Guardian Angels. The organization has chapters all over the world, and have a mission of helping residents take back their community.

Most people don't need an online crime map pinpricked with locations of incidents to know there’s a major problem in Albuquerque.

“We've seen recently, I don't know if it’s an increased amount of trespassing and loitering or just an increase in reporting,” said Maddie Carrell with the St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church.

The battle to try and fix it seems long and nearly impossible, from the shortage of police officers to the revolving door justice system many criminals seem to easily pass through.

“It’s really up to the community to say, 'Hey, we got this, we want to be Guardian Angels. We want to take back our neighborhoods, we want to empower our communities, this is what we want to do,’” said Marcus Dent, the regional director of the Baltimore Guardian Angels chapter.

Guardian Angels is an organization that takes aim at crime prevention. There are chapters all over the world, and now they're considering starting one in Albuquerque.

“The Guardian Angels do everything from public safety patrols, citizens on patrol walks, Guardian Angel block watch groups, missing person organization and animal abuse prevention,” Dent said.

He added they also help train and educate volunteers to watch over their community. They would teach members of the community to work with law enforcement to see results like they have in other communities.

There is still a process to organizing an Albuquerque chapter. The organization says anyone interested can reach out to get more information by calling (410)808-6806 or emailing jazztheangels@gmail.com

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