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The main Guardian Angels activity is “Safety Patrol” in which members walk the streets or ride transit. The organization accepts volunteers who do not have a recent or serious criminal record and are not members of a gang or racial-hate group. In order to join the Safety Patrol program, members must be at least 16 years old. Members are paired up and follow the directions of a Patrol Leader. If their own or other citizens’ lives or health are endangered, they do what is lawful and necessary.
The philosophy of empowering the people through the collective act of daring to care has defined the Guardian Angels organization for over 37 years. Volunteers are trained in self- defense, basic martial arts, CPR, law, communication and conflict resolution. They protect the most vulnerable residents and respond to criminality within the confines of the law all without aid of weapons. When the victimization of ordinary people infiltrates the daily lives of citizens to a greater extent than even cops or politicians can adequately handle, the Guardian Angels stand ready to assist.