PORTLAND, Maine — The Guardian Angels community watchdog group has formed a chapter in Portland, Maine.
The Guardian Angels was started more than 30 years ago in the Bronx and is one of the nation’s best-known citizen street patrol organizations. It now has chapters in 140 U.S. cities.
Founder Curtis Sliwa was in Portland on Sunday with local members, who were wearing the group’s trademark red jackets and berets. Sliwa said the group will act as the eyes and ears of the police as they patrol city streets.
The Guardian Angels tried to form a local chapter in the 1980s but it didn’t take off.
Police told WCSH-TV they appreciate community crime watch groups, but encourage citizens to call police rather than take physical action when situations arise.