We look at God’s own police department, people dedicated “to protect and serve God’s Kingdom.”
Here is what you need to know about these special people.
Who are they?
These guys go by the name — “God’s Army.” They are a group of people who are devoted to God, to preaching and fighting crime to the glory of God.
Former police officers and ex-military members make up the group/church that has 50 members and was founded in 2005.
The creator of the group, Richard Tamayo, is a former New York City police officer himself. He is now a pastor, who “leads an army of Christian men and women with prior military and law enforcement experience.”
Some of them can be found on the streets with guns, but this is for only the experienced ones, not all of them.
What do they do?
Their website states that “God’s Army has a vision to protect and serve God’s Kingdom, to lead an army of Christian missionaries into any country that persecutes God’s people for preaching the gospel, thus protecting God’s Kingdom. ”
Their uniforms are shirts with Jesus written in front and the group’s name behind.
Wearing these shirts, they go into crime-ridden streets to spread the good news while helping to fight crime and social issues like immigration.
In 2008, Azcentral.com reported that God’s Army was investigating claims of police brutality against undocumented immigrants.
Tamayo took the case to Phoenix City Council subcommittee, where he asked for their help in addressing the allegations.
He said, “We’re out here ministering, and they’re speaking to people they feel comfortable with, the church. Contractors will hire them for two weeks, then not pay them.
“We’re looking into that. Police officers are abusing their authority, assaulting people. What these people need most is a voice. God’s Army will be their voice.”
This is just one example of the kind of work this group do in their community.
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God’s Army maintains that they are not out to look for trouble but to help the Police while preaching the gospel. The leader, Tamayo, has even said that his goal is to call 911 with tips so police could make arrests.
Still, this has not stopped the critics from accusing them of being not a vigilante group that needs to leave this kind of work to the Police.
Speaking with Fox News, Eric Wasson, a store owner, said, “My concern is if these ‘Policemen of God’, or whatever they are calling themselves, are not coordinating with local law enforcement, I see vigilante-type mentality.”
In spite of his contribution, he added that he recognises the group’s work.
Where are they located?
Right now, they are only in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States of America. Their hope is to expand Los Angeles and New York eventually.
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