PCC Barry Coppinger patrolled with the Boro Angels on Sat 27 September
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has praised the work of the voluntary Boro Angels in Middlesbrough, after observing their work.
The Boro Angels volunteer their evenings to assist revelers across Middlesbrough, coming to the aid of vulnerable people, whatever their circumstances.
Barry Coppinger said: "Having recently spent an evening observing the remarkable work of the Boro Angels in Middlesbrough, I have great admiration for what they do.
"Their commitment and compassion for others is outstanding and they really do make a difference. From helping people to get a taxi home after a night out, supplying bottles of water, or reuniting people who may have strayed from each other and become lost and vulnerable on their own; I have seen how appreciative members of the community are of their efforts. During October I intend to visit all four Boroughs to observe the Angels in action."
Part of their work can also involve coming to the aid of people in need of bottles of water, minor medical assistance or even working with people who are sleeping rough. Their work can reduce the demand on the emergency services at what can be their busiest times, when cuts to emergency services mean that they are already stretched.
Barry continued: "The Boro Angels are well prepared for their work, and they have had training in conflict management. Last weekend we spoke to people from allover Teesside and the wider region who had come to the town to enjoy their night. They really are ambassadors for the local area."
David Gee, Chair of Boro Angels added: "It was a pleasure for Boro Angels to be accompanied by the Police and Crime Commissioner on a recent Saturday evening, not only did Mr Coppinger experience first hand exactly what we do, he engaged with the many contacts we made that evening, even handing out our ever popular lollipops.
"Boro Angels continue to work, on and off the streets, with many agencies to help make Middlesbrough a better, safer place to be. Our primary aim is to assist anyone within Middlesbrough town centre's night time economy in any way we can. The reaction we get from the many revellers and others we encounter is second to none.
"If you would like to observe what we are about, like Mr Coppinger, please phone 07717 645560 or e-mail email@example.com."
Posted on Thursday 9th October 2014