Reporting Laura Cole
STOCKTON (CBS13) – With the rise in violent crime, the Guardian Angels say it’s more important than ever for the community to come together and take back the streets of Stockton.
With their red berets and t-shirts, it’s hard to miss this group walking in some of the most crime-ridden areas of town.
“We feel Stockton needs it right now,” said Joey Nizuk, Sacramento Guardian Angels.
They’re walking the streets hoping their presence will deter crime and galvanize neighbors.
Nizuk hopes this non-profit organization will be able to start a chapter in Stockton.
“It’s gong to take a little bit more than what’s going on and something more like this, a grassroots to really make a difference in this community,” said Nisuk.
In just the last week, they’ve already found a few recruits, like Adam Orr.
“I just want to make a difference in my community,” said Orr. “I haven’t had the greatest past and I just want to help youth and make a difference.”
They hope to find others who want to join, so they’re handing out flyers to anyone who will listen.
So far people seem receptive.
“I think that’s great,” said Sylvia Chavez.
Friday’s deadly day in Stockton brings this year’s homicide rate close to double what it was at this time last year.
“I think it’s tragic but I think that’s why we are here,” said Nizuk.
Nizuk knows some think this citizen brigade won’t help combat crime, but he says it’s time for the community to starting believing in Guardian Angels.
“I think it’s going to help. I think every little bit helps,” said Nizuk.
The group hopes to start having a local patrol out in Stockton at least once a week.
They are still working to train their newest members to make sure everyone is safe.