January 2015 Volume 4 Issue 1
Starting off a new year is always an adventure. Holidaze are over, and it’s time to get back to work! Goals, taxes, kids back to school (where they belong), and new routines for everyone. With four ride alongs and three squad meals already this month – I am keeping very busy.
For our law enforcement it means a new work schedule and time, new boss (Sergeant), new big boss (Lieutenant), and new teammates (co-workers). There are lots of personal and professional adjustments that must be made to stay on top of their game.
We have seen a slew of negative publicity toward police officers in the news lately. There is always scrutiny on what was done during a split-second decision and how things could be handled better. I have to admit, I would do lots of things differently if I had a couple of days to think everything through and have a panel of critics meticulously evaluating my every action. Please pray for our cops. They have a difficult job. The ones I know are doing a great job and serve willingly quite well.
Funny story – I was out with an officer last week when he stopped and searched a known subject. He was visibly carrying an illegal knife (grounds for his arrest), a Gideon New Testament, a piece of cheese, a stack of about 20 coupons for free tacos at Jack in the Box, and other miscellaneous items including a joint. The interesting and funny part of the story for me was the thin paper used for rolling the joint had a flavor additive of ink.
As you can see pictured here, the paper used was a page from the Bible. Ironically, the page was Proverbs 16:20-22 “And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. The wise in heart will be called prudent… and increases learning…. but the instruction of fools is folly.” I’m not sure if he learned any lessons from that day, but he was taken to the station for processing. One thing for sure, he created a teaching moment for me and giggles with the other officers as we shared the story all day long.
Thank you for your involvement and interest in supporting Code 7 and our law enforcement. Your encouraging words, smiles and kindness, when in trouble with the cops or not, is key to being a positive force in their lives.
Founder/Chaplain Code 7
Relationships are more important than personal accomplishments. D.S.