February 2015 Volume 4 Issue 2
Funny story – I was out with an officer when we were called to assist with a non-injury traffic accident. When we arrived we found an ice cream truck had crashed into a signal light pole. “Good Humor” was shared by all. In the driver’s defense, she stated the brakes went out and she purposely hit the pole (Big Stick). If she had continued through the intersection, it was 50/50 that there would have been Bomb Pops, Choco Tacos, and Drumsticks spread Good and Plenty all over the pavement. She did a great job at hitting the pole dead center. The saddest part was the sweet puddle we noticed under the van as the tow truck loaded the van that hot summer afternoon.
Did you know the divorce rate in law enforcement is in the 75-80% range? With that said, I was honored to fulfill an extremely rare request–to officiate the renewal of vows for a cop and his wife as they celebrated 30 years. Congratulations, Mike and Ninette, on your milestone! Mike gave full credit to his faith in God and the loving forgiveness of Jesus. That, along with an awesome, patient, and loving wife, is the only way it works, he declared. Thanks, Mike, your relationship proves it can be done.
“The goal of every officer is the safety of the community, help those who cannot help themselves, and protect those in need of protection.” That phrase was part of a slide show at a roll call I attended at the police department. It’s one of those things that officers need to be reminded of once in a while. They are not forgetful; it’s just that with the daily grind of adult babysitting, conflict resolution, and chaos management draining their souls, they need occasional recalibration.
Code 7 is doing our part to assist the officers within our influence by encouraging them to REST, REFLECT, and RENEW. This month with the assistance of financial backers and sponsoring restaurants, we provided four squad meals. It is a great opportunity to encourage the officers while they eat to take time to pause and be thankful. These meals also relay to the officers that churches, businesses and citizens in their cities care for them. Helping officers get centered and balanced in their professional and personal lives is important to everyone. Healthy cops are happy cops.
A variety of other projects are funded annually through Code 7 to support the spiritual and emotional health of police officers. For a list visit www.gocode7.com/officer-support.
Would you like to join in one of our projects? We are currently looking for people willing to make a splash in our CCW Project (Cups of Cold Water). We need 20 “Splashers!” A splasher is someone willing to sponsor the Code 7 water at $50 per month for one year. Your $50 will purchase the daily average of water consumed by Chula Vista and National City police departments (10 cases). Code 7 is pursuing goals to add a third department and to reach full CCW sponsorship coverage for the current departments. If you are wondering about the effects of the water splashed on the officers, read here: www.gocode7.com/CCW.
I’ve been invited to pray at the 25th Annual San Diego Emergency Personnel Prayer Breakfast this year. I will offer prayers for the officers and their families. Will you please say a prayer for me to be able to represent the things on God’s heart to the men and women that attend?
Thank you for being a part of my life and the ministry of Code 7.
May you rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; and be persistent in prayer (Romans 12:12) as you spend each day on this earth.
Founder/Chaplain Code 7
Relationships are more important than personal accomplishments. D.S.