Religious Group Takes to the Streets at Night to Ensure Safety of Public.
Whilst out in Cork last night, one could not miss a new presence in the streets. Small groups of people patrolling the streets in uniform. They were 'Street Pastors'.
Having never heard of them before, I googled them today to find out more.
Here's the main website: Street Pastors
And here is the local Cork Branch, the only one in the country it seems: Cork Street Pastors
Basically, they are a religious group who are non-denominational and seek to ensure the safety of the public at night who may be drunk or vulnerable.
I have conflicted thoughts of their initiative. Yes, it is a good thing that they are doing and it is nice to know there is a large watchful presence on the streets at night. However, one wonders is there an alternative agenda, being a religious group. Time will tell.
Perhaps if the Street Pastors take off like they have in the UK, they will make our streets safer at night. Which is always a good thing.
I'll leave it to the board to discuss this new presence in our streets.
What happens when they get into a scuffle with some drunk guy or girl?
Secondly do they check their members background i.e. whats stopping an individual member having their own motivation, for example it could be very easy to take advantage of a girl in a drunken state it could be very easy for him to get a girl back to his own place.
I'm not saying that this is whats what will happen, but its a plausible thought that it could happen.
In all nobel idea I personally wouldn't have the patience it myself.
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