“It’s a great example of the bond that needs to be forged between the police department and community and what better way to reach out to the faith-based leaders to make sure that relationship continues to grow,” said Sgt. Ben Mixon with the Marietta Police Department.
Some of the topics they covered include the police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri and Charleston, South Carolina.
“We’ve talked about high profile cases like Ferguson, Baltimore and other cases and just looking for context like why do police officers make the decisions they make when working on the road. We are able to give them that,” said Sgt. Mixon.
The Rev. John Woods of the Union Chapel United Methodist Church used to be in the criminal investigations and traffic unit with the Atlanta Police Department. He says this is essential for community policing and next week he will join his classmates in Marietta’s police simulator.
“Shoot, don't shoot. I heard them say that so it brings back a lot of past memories because I think our police department was one of the first shoot, don’t shoot, so I’m looking forward to see if I have the same skills,” said Woods.
We plan on sending a photographer to let you know how these pastors do. This is the second pastor academy and this class will graduate in mid-October.