Durham church tries to bridge the gap between the community and police

Durham church tries to bridge the gap between the community and police (Image 1)

With the amount of attention on police departments across the nation, a Durham minister is reaching out to show support for “those who keep us safe” and looking to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.

Sunday morning, with 10 Durham police officers in attendance, Senior Minister of King’s Park International Church Ron Lewis spoke to his congregation about heroes. He discussed heroes in the bible and those in the neighborhood.

“We were already thinking about this before a lot of the problems that we’ve seen in our nation and so now we actually want to be ahead of the curve and pray for the peace of God in our community,” Lewis said. “We feel like what we are doing is being proactive to get ahead and speak life and blessing over our police officers.”

He said that the church wants to “stand in the gap between injustice and chaos.”

Deputy Chief Anthony Marsh Sr. said they were honored to get the invitation from the church. “It’s always a good feeling to know that the community is in your corner and to strengthen that partnership that we share here in Durham.” Marsh said, adding that it’s important for the public and the police to come together.

“I think it’s critical,” he said. “Not just for law enforcement, it’s really critical for the community as a whole and as I said before, police are the people and people are the police and we share a common goal: that’s a safe and secure community.”

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