Quote of the Quarter
“Walking around in public in your underwear is not a crime.” ~ True, but not recommended.
This has been a season of prayer requests. I have been asked to open ceremonies and meetings with prayer at a surprising rate. I am honored each time I have an opportunity to give thanks and invite God to lead our law enforcement and their activities.
Faith and Blue Weekend
Chula Vista Churches and the Police Department joined together for a Faith & Blue event. People from across the city gathered with the intent of blessing the police department and developing unity. My friend Jeff, who loves Jesus, spearheaded the event for the PD. He did a terrific job bringing all the pastors and faiths together and making it a great success!
Police community relations was there along with a SWAT vehicle and the DUI team. There were lowrider cars on display, jumpies for the kids, and some cornhole play.
As Police Chaplain, I was invited to speak along with a few of the pastors. Some shared Scripture and prayed. A group prayed for the Chief and another circled with some of the command staff to pause and thank God for the event.
National City Police – Welcome Swag
After some time off, I am back in the car doing ridealongs at National City PD. We also have a new sponsor, National City Clergy Association. NCCA has stepped up and is sponsoring some of the most important work we do. They are covering the cost of all the water we provide for the officers AND they have initiated sponsorship of the new officer SWAG we started providing.
The swag consists of a new Code 7 lunch cooler with food storage containers and ice packs, a NCPD logo knife, a gift certificate for the uniform and equipment store, a Code 7 thermos tumbler, and coffee card, PLUS, a set of handcuffs with their badge number. The officers are surprised in front of their peers when they are presented with the swag. The training officers often call dibs on the coffee card, which is a small price to pay for all they have learned. Welcome new police officers!
Uniforms, Laughs, and Smiles all around National City
It was photo day in National City Tuesday of this week. Nearly every employee at the department met at the shipping terminal and looked directly into the sun for about 15 minutes trying not to squint as the sun rose creating the perfect light for the photo. I think those who were absent will be drawn in similar to the crimes of violence hallway carpet.
My fellow chaplain Rick Rojas and I decided to take a pic of our own to celebrate the ministry we get to share.
We are quickly approaching the 10th year mark of Code 7. I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given to serve alongside our law enforcement. As I look forward in anticipation of the next 10 years, I do so with the encouragement you have shared through your prayer and financial support. Thank YOU!