Second HPOU Spiritual Healing Crusade huge success; third planned

The second Union-sponsored Spiritual Healing Crusade held Jan. 13 was a resounding success with officers and speakers expressing their hopes for yet another program designed to inspire spiritual empowerment for officers in these times of great stress on the streets.

And, yes, a third session of this special program is set for Thursday, July 7 at the Breck Porter Building on the HPOU campus, 1600 State St.

“The officers loved the lineup of speakers,” program coordinator Rhonda Williams said. “There were so many comments about how diverse the speakers were and how each one of them brought on something different.”

Lt. Angela Merritt of the Vice-Human Trafficking Division watched the session from beginning to end. “It was extremely inspiring and uplifting,” Lt. Merritt said. “It was much- needed in today’s climate.”

Williams said she was overwhelmed by participant officers who expressed to her their excitement about the message and benefits of the spiritual crusade. “They said they are looking forward to the next one. They have expressed that they count this spiritual experience as a great blessing, a great way to start the new year.”

She said there was even a demand for recordings of the day-long session. “They felt they were so blessed by the entire event that they wanted a video of it.”

The sessions lasted eight hours and had the support of the department.

Officers call and said great benefit. Looking forward to the next one. A blessing we’re attended and from those speakers.

We recorded the entire event. Because the participants requested a replay to experience the entire event. They felt they were so blessed by the entire event that they wanted a video of it.

“At one point the room was really full,” the coordinator explained. “We think this was because the chief allowed officers to attend during on-duty hours. They were allowed to come and go as their schedule allowed.”

The overall goal, as outlined by Williams and the HPOU is:

“In these dark times and downward trend in society, officers should be reminded of a certain hope in God. We believe this crusade can heal and strengthen heavy hearts by encouragement through the Word of God.”

The Badge & Gun is including pictures and identifications of each of the speakers who participated in the program.

Williams promises a similar diverse group for the July 7 third session. She said they have become regular events on the HPOU calendar.

“Unfortunately,” she stressed, “the law enforcement community throughout the nation continues to contend with many issues that pervade society to include police defunding, COVID-19 mandates, increased crime, violence against the police, decreased manpower, low morale and uncertainty.

“In these dark times and downward trend in society, officers should be reminded of a certain hope in God,” Williams said. “We believe this crusade can heal and strengthen heavy hearts by encouragement through the Word of God.”

Sgt. Laura Clarke in Adult Sex Crimes – Special Victims Division said, “The full day was uplifting. It was a nice opportunity to see other individuals share their experiences so we could get new perspectives for learning the resilience we need. We are individuals who are part of a bigger community – one far bigger than just ourselves.

“It’s been tough in these last few years. When it comes down to it, I find value in what I do. As part of that, I see God’s hand in the things I do. I see it in what my fellow police officers do every day.”

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