VOLUNTEERS in Rugby have been praised for keeping people safe on the streets by Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner after he joined them for a night on patrol.
Ron Ball joined a team of Street Pastors to experienced Rugby on a Saturday night, visiting nightclubs and talking to the door staff and clubbers as he patrolled streets of the town centre.
Mr Ball said: “For a good reason, Street Pastors are held in the highest regard in the communities they serve, and I share that opinion. Saturday was my fourth opportunity to witness the work they do first-hand, and it proved to be both eventful and enjoyable.”
Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who patrol in teams on Friday and Saturday nights to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.
Rugby currently has 48 volunteers working on weekend evenings well into the early hours of the morning.
Before going out on patrol, Mr Ball formally presented a cheque for £5,490 to Rugby Street Pastors. The donation is part of a £1million Commissioner Grant Scheme, set up by Mr Ball, which funds local projects that support the victims of crime or help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
Pete Hickey, Rugby Street Pastor coordinator, said: “Rugby Street Pastors is delighted to have received a further year’s funding from the PCC fund.
“I would also like to thank Ron for his positive comments regarding our work and the interest he has shown by giving up his time to patrol with us. I am pleased that he found it a very positive experience.”