The Guardian Angels crime-watch group has no plans to patrol city streets that will soon be vacated by a city-funded patrol organization, says local chapter president Dave Schroder.
The city’s Neighbourhood Empowerment Team will be moving their operations away from a downtown neighbourhood near Queen Mary Park to a troubled area near 118 Ave.
The organization only has a two-year mandate to fight crime in certain areas, which expires in March, even though residents want the group to stay.
While NET will be moving into territory currently patrolled by the Guardian Angels, the crime-watch group won’t change locations to accommodate the need in Queen Mary.
“Once we get more members, we will probably begin to patrol that area,” said Schroder.
Schroder says once the Guardian Angels increases its membership, it can patrol more neighbourhoods rather than focusing on 118 Ave. and parts of downtown.