Officers in line for a safety check before the Active Shooter training exercise began last week.
Yesterday in New York City we as a country were attacked. The misguided and twisted ideology of a young man led him to rent a truck and attack people who he saw as not worthy to live. This type of moment has become all too familiar in our news. We see attacks with guns, knives, trucks, even hammers on innocent people who just happen to be near someone who has been inspired, or in my view misguided, by a radical and evil ideology.
When this moment comes there are men and women who are doing their very best to be ready. They are our Law Enforcement agencies. They plan and train for something like this. Sad, and as gruesome as it may sound, they really do try to make ready for an event such as the event in New York yesterday. In the last two weeks The Cobb County Police held an Active Shooter Training exercise in cooperation with a local park to prepare in the event of a moment when a madman shows up. The event started with a call to the officers of someone hit with a truck. Then it turned into a running gun battle where the officers had to be ready for anything. IEDs and bullets were not real in the exercise for Cobb Police yesterday but the events in New York yesterday were spilling blood on the pavement.
When the moment comes and a madman attacks, then people scream and flee as chaos takes over. But not the Police. NO they immediately respond with all they have. They run to the villain and stop the threat. They did so yesterday and they will when called on today or whenever the moment comes again. When you need them they are there. They are the first responders.
I have been there after an event. It is a terrible thing to deal with the victims who are shaken to the core. But there is also another need. The men and women in the uniforms who respond are not robots. They are real people with spouses, parents, and children. There is also a great need to minister to and be there for the LEO's who had to DO THEIR JOB. They do not go looking to take out someone, but they will when the moment comes. They do not seek to take a life, but if they need to do so they will. I do not know about you I am thankful for them. I appreciate their willingness and their diligence to prepare for the moment when it comes. Their job is like no other. Their needs are great. I am grateful and confident that they will be there in the crisis moment.
My job is to be there for them after that moment. A lot of our training comes from being there and understanding how and why they do their job. I come to them with the full assurance that the ONE who is always there watching is still there for them. Being a police chaplain is a calling for me and for the others who serve with me. We are all volunteers as rarely do our governments local, state, or federal fund clergy for Law Enforcement. Our military has paid Chaplains but our LEO's do not. Many of you help me and our local police through gifts to MISSION TEAM INC and I want to thank you for your support. I am trying to be there for the officers after the moment comes.