A Jackson church thanked local law enforcement officers for their service Sunday.
Cathedral of Faith Church held a special program and asked the community to join them in prayer for those who serve and protect.
The south Jackson congregation reached out to the men and women of area law enforcement offering prayers of safety and wisdom in decision making while protecting the citizens of Hinds county.
Sunday's Law Enforcement Appreciation Day also honored Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis.
Tributes were made to the sheriff while words of encouragement were offered to officers and deputies.
"You can always stop by this house of prayer knowing that you have a friend, knowing that you have a person who is praying with you," said Cathedral of Faith Church Pastor Dr. B. Sullivan Taylor.
The program's theme was Thank God for Law Enforcement.
Hinds County Supervisor and former J.P.D. Spokesman Robert Graham reminded the congregation that 237 police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the state, 17 in the City of Jackson alone.
"It gives us an opportunity to come together and say 'Hey lets work together for the same common cause'," said Terry Police Chief Juan Gray.
Terry's top law officer said the dangers and great responsibilities associated with police work are often overlooked.
"It's time for the community to really be aware that these are things that are actually going on each and every day. There are men and women out here risking their lives to make this a better place," said Chief Gray.
Officers from various agencies took time to pray together and with residents who often only see them in uniform.
"A lot of people are angry with us because we are either writing tickets or taking people to jail just enforcing the law period, but it's good to know that the community as a whole is behind us. It's good to know that people want to encourage us to keep on doing the job that God has called us to do, and we're very thankful for it," said Capt. Joseph Daughtry with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.
Pastor Taylor proclaimed all the law officers honorary members of the church.
They in turn said they are grateful to have a community standing behind them and praying for them.
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