In January 2010 Christians Together forChesterfield(CTfC) decided to propose a Street Pastors initiative in Chesterfield. The proposal was quickly supported by the local police (Derbyshire Constabulary – C Division) and local authority (Chesterfield Borough Council) to form an ‘Urban Trinity’ aiming to reduce the high levels of alcohol related violent crime and anti-social behaviour adversely impacting on the Night Time Economy (NTE) of Chesterfield.
The Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership, the Chesterfield Pub Watch scheme and others within the local community safety network gave their support. Promotion of the proposal led to an open forum of CTfC with the police, council and those interested in being trained as Street Pastors.
Subsequently CTfC gained strategic and financial support from the partners, a Management Team was formed and an Street Pastor Coordinator was appointed (Jacky Kendrew).
The Chesterfield Street Pastors scheme was officially launched on 23 February 2011 by CTfC and went ‘live’ on 13 August 2011 following a Commissioning Service held in Chesterfield Parish Church (Crooked Spire) at the centre of the NTE area.
We began with 24 Street Pastors which has now risen to 30 in total who patrol in teams and are usually on duty on one Saturday each month. We also have a regular patrol on Friday evenings who work alongside the ROC Cafe at Grace Chapel 7.30-9.30pm.
Our latest venture, launched in February 2014, is our team of School Pastors working in one local school supporting students.