LA County District activity warms hearts of LAPD Mission Division officers
By EVA BASALLAJE and RONNIE H. MUTYA
Date Posted: September 16, 2022
“We’ve seen the worst of humanity,” but [through the Police Appreciation Activity], “we got to see the best of humanity and we know that we are appreciated with acts of kindness like this,” Joseph Carter, senior lead officer and a 15-year veteran in the LAPD, enthused.
On August 20, 2022, the Ecclesiastical District of Los Angeles (LA) County, California hosted a ‘Police Appreciation Day’ for the officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Mission Division assigned at the Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, California.
Expressing their appreciation and recognition to the police officers’ services in maintaining peace and order in the community, the brethren handed out gift baskets filled with assorted food treats.
Moreover, “Thank You” cards creatively made by the members of the Children’s Worship Service (CWS)—one card reads “You get this ticket for being awesome”—tugged at the hearts of the police officers, bringing them joy and smiles.
“Some of the simple gestures such as like these gift baskets from the Church will go a long way. They show us that we know we’re loved by the community and our hard work is appreciated. Having these items will definitely help,” said Carter.
“It’s very heartfelt and heartwarming. To the Church Of Christ, thank you for your generosity… and all the beautiful cards and the friendly smiles,” expressed Sergeant Alexander Tan who is assigned to the Mission Division Patrol.
Emphasizing the aim of the event, Brother Dean Ancheta, North Hollywood Congregation’s resident minister, enthused, “If the law enforcement officers are doing all they can to serve the community, we also strive our best to do all of these outreach programs to them because, as what is recorded in the Bible, we should grab every opportunity to do good to our fellowmen.”
The LA County District is one of the four ecclesiastical districts in California, USA. It comprises 16 local congregations. At present, it is under the leadership of Brother Joji S. Crisostomo, the district supervising minister.