Joyce Godwin | Joyce@CedarbrookMedia.com
More than 75 people gathered for the first Adopt-A-Cop reception Saturday at Honeylu’s Coffee Shop in Prosper.
Organized by the leadership team at Heart Fellowship of Prosper, Senior Pastor Cedric White says it is an opportunity to minister outside the church walls and bring the community together. The registration drive was deemed a great success. White said they hope to grow the community of Prosper closer by pairing families with officers to supply a much needed covering as the officers protect and serve daily.
White who is also a chaplain for the Prosper Police Department said the people who signed up to adopt a police officer promise to honor the officers’ birthdays with cards and baked goods and the Heart Fellowship leadership will facilitate any mementoes. Those families who adopt an officer also pledge to pray regularly for the officer and his family as he or she stands in the gap protection the residents of Prosper.
The hope is to help community members to think of cops through good relationships rather than through the window of a car looking across a citation bearing the name of the driver, White says.
He also proposed the idea that school classrooms might adopt an officer and that relationship should continue through high school graduation.
Several police officers were present at different times during the three-hours of the registration reception as well as Police Chaplain John Herring as well as White. There are four chaplains attached to the Prosper Police Department. White said sometimes they ride along with the officer some times and other times, they get called out when police discover a difficult situation. They are available for counseling victims and victims’ families but also, sometimes the officers need attention for the things they see on their calls.
Heart Fellowship is located at 821 N. Coleman St., Suite 150, operating out of the Be Fit Yoga Studio. To contact Heart Fellowship email firstname.lastname@example.org.