Street Angels projects continue to start almost on a weekly basis across the UK, and in almost every case the town sees a significant reduction in crime and alcohol-related antisocial behaviour within the Night-Time Economy (NTE). The biggest successes are seen in those areas were Street Angels, the Police and Council work in partnership with each other and focus on creating a safer and peaceful environment at a time when town centres attract 'clubbers'.
Of course, Street Angels projects are independent of statutory bodies and it is their ability to help others who become vulnerable in a confidential manner, without judgement and regardless of circumstance, that attracts the support and gratitude of those who work in or use the NTE.
In Cleveland, the police have worked hard to develop a working protocol with each of the local projects (Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Guisborough) which recognises the work we do, offers support and creates a model for strategic and operational contact with the police. All of this will ensure the police are aware of and will look out for Street Angels when on patrol, and may also provide information in respect of missing persons etc.
The protocol is in its final stages and in Cleveland we are excited that we will soon have this in place to further support the work we do an 'angels', and will add to the already high levels of public confidence. We hope to launch the protocol in September once it has been signed by all parties - including Street Angels - Christian Nightlife Initiatives. It will then be available via SA-CNI as a template for other projects to develop with their own local police service.
Steve Brock - Stockton Town Pastors