To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

'Jesus Sent Them Out There in Twos': As Police & Pastors Tag Team, Norfolk Crime Rate Plunges

John Martin : Feb 19, 2018  CBN News

"When you have that calmness of police and clergy together, it just brings up an atmosphere, an environment of peace." -Rev. Leroy Briggs

(Norfolk, VA)[CBN News] These days, relationships between communities and police are often strained. But in 2017, Norfolk, Virginia police chief Larry Boone implemented an idea he had-to bridge the ever-growing gap. (Screengrab: Norfolk Police Chief, Larry Boone/via CBN News)

"Some portions of Norfolk are very difficult. A lot of these incidents are occurring just down the street from the church. Wouldn't it be a fantastic idea if clergy and police could patrol together in some of our most problematic areas in the city?"

Chief Boone shared his idea with local pastors. "They were like, 'I like that idea.' I said, 'Can I have your support?' And, of course, they all said, 'Absolutely.'"

They call it "The Clergy Patrol" where police and local pastors, like Dr. Antipas Harris, work side-by-side.

"This is a great idea for pastors to really engage the police and not just wait to a crisis, but to be proactive building relationship, mediating conflict, trying to find ways to de-escalate situations."

When officers respond to a call, the clergy stay in the patrol car. Once it's safe, they can minister in any way they can.

"We're there to support as needed. I've even prayed for guys who were in handcuffs and asked for prayer. And in most cases people welcome prayer."

Chief Boone says, "He's just there to offer you a few words of wisdom, counseling, whatever the case may be. And that benefits the community, that benefits the government, i.e. police, as well as the Church."

"To me, it's a ministry and a mission."

Rev. Leroy Briggs has been a Norfolk police chaplain for 18 years. He says the police and clergy share common goals.

"They're both serving and protective. Police call it 'the community', pastors or clergy call it 'the congregation.' Jesus sent them out there in twos so they'd have somebody to lean on and they can lean on one another and that way support and enhance the community."

He also knows how the presence of a pastor can bring calm to a stressful situation.

"When you have that calmness of police and clergy together, it just brings up an atmosphere, an environment of peace."

"They are giving us credibility in some of the communities that we don't have it," says Chief Boone.

The program is also giving pastors a deeper understanding and respect for the officers, and the work they do. (Screengrab: Clergy patrol/via CBN News)

"Don't let your congregation think that the policeman is a robot. No, he's a human being with a family, somebody that cares. And those things need to be said from the pulpit."

Chief Boone says, "These pastors are realizing, that they thought they knew—but you don't know until you're in the game. The challenges that these officers go through, and they have a much greater appreciation for what they do."

Dr. Harris says, "Being involved with the police allow us to enter into new realities all the time. Most of them are saying, 'This has been life-changing for me.'"

Perhaps most important of all, the clergy patrol is restoring hope for a stronger community and a brighter future, helping Norfolk post its lowest violent crime rating in 17 years.

"I think Clergy Patrol is a bridge. And on that bridge together we build a relationship that I think could really fortify the future and strengthen the public safety in our community."

Rev. Briggs says, "I would like to see Norfolk united. United, where all people just come together and they can help one another. It's going to get that way one day if we just keep on doing what we're doing and this police department in Norfolk keeps on being a blessing to the community."







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

PRAY: Adorable 3-Month Baby Needs Heart Transplant and Her Parents Are Asking For Invocations, Donations

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire Thursday: 'It Has Been My Great Honor'

Another J6 Trump 'Bombshell' Outed as a Hoax!

Pew Survey Reveals Most in US Favor Laws Requiring Trans Athletes to Compete on Teams of Their Biological Sex

While the CDC Pretends Homosexuality Isn't to Blame for Monkeypox, the UK Faces Reality

Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Trafficking Young Women

List of Major Companies Pledging to Pay Employees' Travel Costs for Abortions in Wake of Roe Ruling

Biden Administration to Expand Abortion Pill Access, HHS Secretary Says

Trump: 'God Made the Decision' to Overturn Roe v. Wade

Ohio Heartbeat Bill Is Now the Law of the Land

Canada: Police Arrest Freedom Convoy Leader Tamara Lich Yet Again

Texas Congressional Candidate Monica De La Cruz: 'The Democrat Party Has Just Moved So Far from the Values That Are Important to Hispanics'

Red Wave Watch: Over 1 Million Voters Have Switched to the GOP

NY Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Allowing Noncitizens to Vote

'These Deaths Are on Biden': Texas Governor Abbott Lashes out after 46 Migrants Found Dead in Tractor-Trailer

School District Forces Teachers to Keep Parents in the Dark About Their Children

'God, What Have I Done?': Man Suing Health Care Provider over Trans Surgery, Says 'Avalanche' of De-Transitioners Coming

'Honor Them For Their Great Sacrifice': Chris Pratt Praises Men and Women in Uniform after WWII Veterans Surprise Him at Hollywood Premiere

Justice Clarence Thomas on Black Communities

29-Year-Old Trans 'Woman' [Biological Male] Beats 13-Year-Old Girl to First Place in NYC Women's Skateboarding Contest



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com