Posted on June 24, 2017:

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Guardian Angels Bring Neighborhood Watch To Northern District

Michael Brice-SaddlerContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun


After a wave of armed robberies, assaults and break-ins tore through some of Baltimore's Northern District communities last fall, Oakenshawe resident Haydee Rodriguez wanted to help out local police.

"I was thinking of ways [the community] could support each other and keep each other safe, and also work with our Northern District officers," Rodriguez said.


With crime in the area seemingly getting worse and neighbors becoming more apprehensive, Rodriguez reached out to the Baltimore chapter of the Guardian Angels — a national group devoted to aiding local communities through safety awareness and crime prevention initiatives.


With Rodriguez's help, Oakenshawe and about six other Northern District neighborhoods have joined together in seeking to become a part of the Guardian Angel's Community Block Watch program.


Participants in the Block Watch program agree to look out for their neighbors, Rodriguez said.

"Neighbors agree to keep an eye out for one another, if they see something, say something," Rodriguez said. "It's a holistic approach to crime and safety."


For about an hour on Saturday afternoon, Rodriguez teamed up with volunteers from the Baltimore Guardian Angels, local police and Northern District community members to engage in a safety walk through the Harwood community. The group previously hosted a walk in Oakenshawe, Rodriguez said.


Beginning at East 28th Street and Guilford Avenue, Guardian Angel volunteers in their signature white shirts and red berets led the group through the neighborhood. As they walked, community residents and leaders, such as District Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, discussed their experiences and various ways to stay safe.


Nick Sheridan, vice president of the Harwood Community Association, said that crime in the area has caused some residents to stay in their homes.


"We're really excited to have a group like this that's taking back the streets for the residents," Sheridan said. "It shows people that they're not alone."


The Guardian Angels have about 160 chapters around the world and first came to Baltimore in the 1980s, said Marcus Dent, regional director of the Baltimore Guardian Angels, who adopted the nickname "Strider." By tradition, Guardian Angels adopt a nickname.

The organization is known for its safety patrols and uniforms. The current chapter was organized in 2006 and is particularly active in the Southern District, including the southwest Baltimore neighborhood of Morrell Park.

The Guardian Angels are working with Rodriguez and local police to officially launch the Block Watch program in the district, Dent said.


"It's up to the community to put it together, but it's angel powered because we're here to help guide them," he said. "We're not going to tell them what to do in their community — we're going to ask them what they need."

Northern District Police Capt. Richard Gibson commended Rodriguez's initiative in recruiting the Guardian Angels to the area.

"It's absolutely important for communities to take a proactive approach and think outside the box to help their [neighbors]," Gibson said.


He added that community walks such as the one Rodriguez organized Saturday could help fend off criminals in the neighborhood.

"It's almost as if I have extra bodies out there to help me patrol," Gibson said.

The district's Charles Village, Better Waverly and Abell neighborhoods are among those hoping to join the Block Watch program, Rodriguez said.


Rodriguez said she wants to organize monthly safety walks in other Northern District neighborhoods.

"I love the city, I don't want to move because people are getting assaulted every day," Rodriguez said.

Citizen participation is paramount to the success of the Guardian Angel program, Dent said. He said he's glad to see police and residents in the Northern District work in tandem to help one another.


"The more people get involved," he said, "the more power they have to control their neighborhoods."


Posted on June 24, 2017:

North Baltimore Residents Unite Against Violenc at Safety Walk

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Posted on July 20, 2016:

The Baltimore Guardian Angels Meet With Cherydale Residents to Discuss

Community Safety Through The Guardian Angel Watch Block Watch Program


The Guardian Angels and Baltimore City Police Southern District meet with the Cherrydale community to discuss Crime Prevention and Deterrence. Discussions centered around various programs the Guardian Angels offered incuding Youth Programs, Guardian Angel Watch, Citizens on Patrol Walks, and Self Defense/ Personal Awareness Senimars.

The Benefits of A Guardian Angel Watch Group for the Residents of Cherrydale was discussed at gret length. The idea was supported by The Baltimore City Police and received positive receptions from the Residents of Cherrydale.

Special Thanks To the Southern District Police Department for their presentations at the Community Meeting.

The Baltimore Guardian Angels Are  Proud to Serve the Residents of Cherrydale.

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Posted on July 17, 2016:

Morrell Park "Stop The Crime And Violence Rally"

On Saturday July 16, 2016 the Baltimore Guardian Angels in partnership with the Morrell Park Community Association, hosted a “Stop the Crime and Violence Rally” for the Morrell Park Community in Southwest Baltimore. The Rally started The Church on the Boulevard, which has hosted Community Public Safety Meetings and has organized numerous Community Events.

Along with Residents of the Morrell Park Community, The Baltimore City Police Department, Representatives from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, Elected Officials and Members of Morrell Park’s Guardian Angel Watch Block Watch Initiative, the Baltimore Guardian Angels will led their Rally and Citizens on Patrol Walk through their community. This provided an opportunity for residents to talk to local law enforcement and provide information about their neighborhood. It also served to open the lines of communication between neighbors and build relationships with other local agencies which were also present for the event..

The Morrell Park Community, much like many other communities across the nation, has seen an increase in criminal activity in recent times. However, the Morrell Park Residents have decided to come together, with the assistance of The Baltimore Guardian Angels,  to make a stand against the criminal elements in their neighborhood. The Residents want to send a message that Crime in their Streets is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

 This Rally and COP Walk is the first step toward building partnerships and forming relationships with fellow residents and local agencies to help rid the Morrell Park Community of Crime.

Morrell Pak stands in Unity to Take Back Their Streets.

Posted on July 17, 2016:

NYC Guardian Angel Watch Patrol administers Aid to Man

In Need of Medical Attention.

The New York City Guardian Angel Watch Group accompanied by the New York City Chapter of the Alliance of Guardian Angels encountered a bleeding man during a patrol on Junction Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue. The group immediately assisted with the administration of First Aid while awaiting the 9-1-1 response vehicle.

The partnership of the Alliance of Guardian Angels and The Guardian Angel Watch groups bears evidence of how a small group of individuals can effect positive changes within a community. All it takes is a willingness to Step Up and the Will to “Dare to Care.”


Posted on May 20, 2016:

First New York City Guardian Angel Watch Patrol Sets Boots To the Ground

On Friday May 20th, 2016, the First Guardian Angel Watch Patrol went out on the Streets of New York City. This New York City Guardian Angel Watch Group was comprised of residents and leaders of the predominantly Hispanic, Elmhurst/ Corona Community. The Guardian Angel Watch Group was accompanied on their patrol by 3 members of the New York City Chapter of the Alliance of Guardian Angels.

Pictured Above, New York Guardian Angeel “K.C.” briefs New York City Guardian Angel Watch Leader, Yonel Letellier Sosa on the Patrol Goals for the night’s Guardian Angel Watch Patrol.


Posted on May 8, 2016:

Guardian Angel Founder introduces the Guardian Angel Block Watch Program

in New York City

Exactly One Week after returning to New York City from the Launch of the Guardian Angel Watch Program in Baltimore, MD, Guardian Angel Founder, Curtis Sliwa, introduced the program to The Association of Latin American Leader in Corona, NY.

Thank You To The Association Of Latin American Leaders for Daring to Care.


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