|First patrol was Saturday 5th June 2010 when we were commissioned. The group started after a Churches Together initiative. There are currently 17 active Street Pastors with another five to start after training in May. There are 18 Prayer Pastors. Our age range is from 18 – 78.|
Inspector Di Bradbury, who headed the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team during that time said: “I absolutely embraced the chance to work with the Pastors and welcomed them onto Botchergate for the first time and have witnessed their patrols many times during the last eight months. They have all gone through a standardised and professional training programme and with their recognisable uniform have become a reassuring presence in the city on a Saturday night. The Pastors' remit was always to act as caring eyes and ears, performing acts of kindness, looking after people’s welfare, especially during the early hours when alcohol can leave people especially vulnerable. However their role has extended far beyond that. Police patrols can now contact the pastors to assist the vulnerable and the Pastors themselves are alert to safety issues and have removed 460 bottles and 121 glasses, sometimes as many as 64 in one evening, from potentially dangerous locations within the City centre. This has undoubtedly prevented these being used as weapons or causing accidental injury. The presence of the Street Pastors is always very well received by people on Saturday night, and they have brought with them a visibly calming influence."
On Saturday 11th June 2011, the Street Pastor celebrated their first birthday.
Carlisle Street Pastors are mentioned on p20 of the new 2011 Historic Carlisle Guide.