Welcome to fall. The last two months of fall for me included 12 ride alongs, three multi-day conferences, a pair of speaking opportunities, and a week’s vacation with my family to Boston to visit my son. After adding in a few private appointments with my friends in blue, this has been a busy time for Code 7 and me.
My trainings helped me learn how to better care for and assist people in distress as well as recognize a few more aspects of care for people suffering from psychological emergencies, which are great and very useful skills I use often.
I was invited to share about Code 7, the role of a police chaplain, and the Citizens’ Adversity Support Team (CAST) to an audience of local pastors as well as to the Chula Vista Citizens’ Police Academy. Sharing what I’m passionate about is energizing to me, and people tell me it shows. A couple of pastors have shown interest in becoming chaplains. Plans are in the works; it would be great to have some help and to serve law enforcement in additional communities. If you live in the Chula Vista area and would like more information about the annual CAST training send me a message right away. The training starts in January.
Here are a few interesting and unusual pictures: I put on my uniform and be part of the Chula Vista Police Department photos, snapped a pic of a silhouette everyone in the Chula Vista police force recognizes, and captured a big cop sitting at the little table. Humor is good for the soul – especially on difficult calls.
One if by land, two if by sea – a call came out assist a boat owner docked in the Chula Vista harbor. The thought of trying to swim with 30 pounds of equipment was not a comforting thought to the officers in the picture, but duty called to the marina – yes, it was the farthest slip from the shoreline, of course! When boarding the vessel and checking the welfare of an elderly individual, we were reminded that is was all worth it.
Paul said: “Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything God wants to do in and through me will be done. I can hardly wait to continue on my course.” Phil 1:19-20
Thank you for your support of me and the work of Code 7. You are making a difference in the lives of many cops!