A group that call themselves “God’s Army” is patrolling Valley streets, in the name of Jesus.
The group consist of former police officers and military members, and claims to have about 50 members.
They look like police officers, but their uniforms say “God’s Army” and “Jesus”. Richard Tamayo used to be a New York City police officer. Now, he’s “walking the beat” in North Phoenix.
“We are prior military, law enforcement background and experience,” said Tamayo. “We go out in the street wearing this uniform, glorify Jesus, go in areas affected by crime.”
The two were seen talking to store owners, like Eric Wasson of North Valley Bicycles. Wasson appreciates the effort, but has his doubts.
“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,” said Wasson.
As for Phoenix Police’s opinion on the “God’s Army”, a police department spokesperson said, “I do not think we have anything to contribute to this story.”
Tamayo says his goal is to call 911 with tips, so police can make arrests. He adds he’s not looking for trouble.
If it comes, however, Tamayo said he is ready.
“I have handcuffs, mace, magazine, 9 mm Glock,” said Tamayo.
The group has aspirations to expand to Los Angeles and New York City.