Monthly Archives: April 2018

Please disseminate to all law enforcement: Police Week 2018

As always, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I cannot express my gratitude enough for your assistance. I also want to thank you, the reader. While I can’t visit with each of you individually, I can, however, remind and show you that people DO care. This message is being read by departments of all shapes, sizes and locations. To each of you, welcome. I know you’re busy and you do a lot to get ready for your shift. So thank you for reading and I hope it will be beneficial to you.
May 13-19,2018  marks the period that we call “Police Week”.  In 1962, President Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, when we set aside a time of “Recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws”.
I, like a lot of you, will attend memorials or private ceremonies during the month. Some of you may just gather together to reminisce about our fallen friends, and our blue family. Most of us will do something so we remember them and never forget what they have done for us.
Today I want to talk about a word I’ve heard lately. Stuck.
Not a real appealing word is it? Stuck. Stuck in a situation, stuck in a bad relationship, stuck in our career. Maybe we feel stuck because of our choices, or the choices of others. We aren’t happy because we feel stuck. Sometimes the day to day life we live becomes a “routine” which can make us feel on auto-pilot and unimportant.  Ghandi is quoted as saying, “Be the change you want to see.” Sometimes we forget that WE are the change agent in our lives.
1. Let Something go. Sometimes we keep ourselves chained by holding on to the past. We have all had people “do us wrong” . This is something I have to talk with a lot of people about. Holding grudges is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. No matter how bad something was, we can CHOOSE to walk past it. It may be hard, and it may take some time, but I refuse to let someone control me, especially those who are no longer in my life.
2. Exchange the mundane. A lot of us operate in our “comfort zone” . We eat at the same places, shop at the same places and vacation at the same places. This year, BREAK OUT.  Inner change naturally creates outer change, and the funny thing is , outer change can also bring about inner change. Eat somewhere different, take a different route home (or even swing by a park). Hit the trails instead of the gym. Re-arrange your living room. Consciously do something different in your life and see what happens.
3. Ask yourself “Is there something I’m missing?”. We usually have to know what the problem is before we can fix it.  Take a few minutes to reflect on your life, like a weekend camping, at the lake, or at a fancy hotel (hey, you’ve earned it!).
4. Renew your purpose. Why are you doing what you are doing? We all talk about things that the “current me” would tell the “younger me”, but what about the other way around? What would that 20-something you tell you why you became a cop? Find others who are helping people at a level that you want and see what they do?
5. Never exclude a professional.  Maybe you want to stop and unhealthy habit (smoking , drinking, eating so much fast food). Maybe it’s finding how to grow in your career. It could be figuring out how to fix that relationship in our live that is really bringing us down. There is no shame going to someone who knows something I don’t, and asking them to show me what do do to get where I want. It could be a doctor, counselor, chaplain, HR, motivational coach, or a recent retiree.
Why is this important? I think one way to bring “credit” to my past, my heritage, or “those who came before me” is to make a difference in other people’s lives. And sometimes, to do that, I have to make a difference in mine.
Thanks for spending a few minutes with me. For all my law enforcement family reading this, I’m praying for an especially peaceful and safe week for you: safe traffic stops, safe building searches, and safe DV calls. I pray for a time of healing for the departments reading this who have had a loss in the last year, or with a loss that continues to hurt. I pray that those of you making trips to Washington and state memorials will have a safe trip. For those who are attending a memorial to honor a fallen brother or sister, I pray for healing. But most of all, I hope now more than ever, there is an outpouring of appreciation form the communities that you serve.
In closing, thank you for who you are, and all you do. I’ve said it before and will say it for the remainder of my days. You all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.
Dr. Mike A. Crain I, D.Min.
Chaplain
Huber Heights, OH 45424
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Police Week 2018 Prayer Points

Each year I post some prayer thoughts for Police Week. Most of this is taken from a note I did in 2012, but added some modifications each year. For all my law enforcement friends, spouses, and Chaplains: If you think of anything to add, let me know!

I’m asking all my friends to pray for our Police Officers this week more than any other. Even now as the anti-police movement continues to stir hatred of our officers, it is up to us to keep them in our prayers. May 13-19 this year is Police Week. It was designated by President Kennedy in “recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws”. I’ve listed some “prayer targets” for each day. This is a work in progress, so as I find things or as other officers give me suggestions, I’ll update the list. Also, you will see some action “ideas”. The book of James tells us that “faith without works is dead.” So do something. Get involved. Be kind. Make a difference.

Note: National Peace Officers Memorial Day falls on Tuesday, May 15 in 2017. Because National Police Week takes place during the calendar week on which May 15 falls, this year’s official National Police Week dates are Sunday, May 13, 2018 through Saturday, May 19, 2018. However, several annual events will take place before May 15.

Romans 13:1-4 tells us “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

Friday 11th-Sunday 13th – Safe trips to DC, local memorials

Monday 14th – Community support for officers
-Prayer targets:
— Officers would be honored in the communities they serve.
— Officers would not be hated for doing their job-upholding the law and correcting law-breakers.
-Ideas:
— Officers love simple tokens of appreciation. Buy their lunch when one is in the drive-thru behind you.
— When you see businesses giving officer discounts, let the manager/owner know that you appreciate that.
— Get involved. Call/visit your local police department (during business hours) and ask them what you can do to help.
— Post blue lights in your windows to show your respect for officers.
— Join/start a neighborhood watch.
— Greet them when you see them in public.

Tuesday 15th – Officer Safety
-Prayer targets:
— That no department would have to choose something else over officer safety due to small budgets.
— Officers would have wisdom and safety in all situations.
— Pray Isaiah 54:17 -No weapon formed against them shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against them in judgment will be condemned.
-Ideas:
— Have your house number in a location where it can be seen in the event they need to respond to you.
— Only use 911 in cases of emergency.
— If you are stopped pull over as far to the right as possible so that, when the officer comes up to your widow, he or she won’t have to worry about being clipped by vehicles in the right lane.
— Do NOT get out of your car unless the officer asks you to do so.
— If a police car is coming behind you with its siren blaring or emergency lights flashing, pull over to the right safely and quickly.

Wednesday 16th – Officer Families
Note: Officers have a higher rate of divorce than the general public.
-Prayer targets:
— That the families might know peace when their loved ones are on duty.
— That the families have understanding when the officer they love is under stress.
— That officers would be able to separate work and home, and that their families can support them in times of stress, and know that their stress is not directed to them.
-Ideas:
— If you are fortunate enough to know a police officer, offer to babysit while they go out with their wives.
— If you know an officer and you can see he is having a rough time, just be available. They don’t have to tell you what’s going on, but they may need someone to talk to.
— If an officer tells you something in confidence, KEEP IT IN CONFIDENCE. Don’t tell the neighborhood that an officer is struggling in their marriage.
— Be good neighbors and human beings. How do you want people to treat YOUR family?

Thursday 17th – Officer Seclusion, isolation
-Prayer targets:
— That an officer will never feel isolated from his peers or superiors.
— That an officer will never feel like they are facing their struggles alone.
— Pray that God would send good and trustworthy friends into their lives.
-Ideas:
— If you are fortunate enough to know a police officer, invite their family to your house for a cookout.
— When you see an officer, discretely and kindly ask if they would like you to pray for anything. And don’t be offended if you hear “No.”

Friday 18h – Mental stress, anxiety, suicides
Note: Most officers will shy away from talking about this. Officers are taught control from day one. If they are not in control, someone could die. When officers lose the ability to control their circumstances, self-doubt may set in. Officer suicides are two times higher than the general public.
-Prayer targets:
— That an officer will not struggle with self-doubt.
— That an officer will never feel like they are facing their struggles alone.
— Pray departments would give good stress detection and suicide prevention programs.
— Pray officers would always see a way through the pain and struggles they face.
— Ability to relax off-duty – Officers are human beings and need to rest.
-Ideas:
— If you are fortunate enough to know a police officer, invite their family to your house for a cookout.
— If an officer tells you something in confidence, KEEP IT IN CONFIDENCE. Don’t tell the neighborhood that an officer is struggling in his marriage.
— When you see an officer, discretely and kindly ask if they would like you to pray for anything. And don’t be offended if you hear “No.”

Saturday 19th- Departments and families of 2015 Line of Duty deaths
Note: There were 128 deaths in the “Line of Duty” in 2015 with am additional 27 K9 officers. Over 100 departments across the United States will honor names added to “the wall” in DC.
-Prayer targets:
— That officers and families would experience healing from the pain of their loss.
— That departments would develop programs for support before they are needed.
— Pray officers would not experience “survivor’s guilt”.
-Ideas:
— Contact your local police department/Sheriff’s office to see if they have any memorial events. Attend them.
— If your local department has memorial gardens, plaques, or stones, visit them. They died protecting you and your family.