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17 the Guardian Angels

17 the Guardian Angels

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17 The Guardian Angels Swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular the laws

of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. Abraham Lincoln ( 1838) 1 Abraham Lincoln hoped that respect for the laws of society might be obtained by a concerted effort of all of the agencies of social control. His appeals to reason came at one of the most lawless and violent periods in American history. America is still searching for peace on its domestic front. The search continues and it has taken many roads in the past two centuries. The emergence of such "self-help" groups as the Black Panther party, the Jewish Defense League, Newark's North Ward Citizens Committee, the Brooklyn "Maccabees," the Louisiana Deacons and the Guardian Angels have stirred up a wave of controversy since the 1960s. 2 It is generally believed that the recent groups have not, for the most part, committed violent acts. It is felt that most of these groups have arisen in response to a need for community self-defense and that their major concern has been with self-protection and not with meting out their own style of justice. "Thus, they more closely resemble the early anti-horse thief societies which amplified law enforcement through pursuit and capture, but did not try to substitute for it by administering summary punishments." 3 The present chapter contrasts the activities and organization of the Guardian Angels with those of the New York City Auxiliary Police. It also examines whether or not all citizen patrol groups could benefit from improved screening and the availability of professional psychological services. Citizen involvement in crime prevention efforts is epitomized by membership in the Guardian Angels or a unit of the auxiliary police. If each citizen looks out only for himself or herself, community isolation and fragmentation will develop. The lack of community involvement provides a breeding ground for crime. -147Questia Media America, Inc. www.questia.com Publication Information: Book Title: Auxiliary Police: The Citizen's Approach to Public Safety. Contributors: Martin Alan Greenberg - author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of Publication: Westport, CT. Publication Year: 1984. Page Number: 147. &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

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