Adventist Church honours Police
We have your back! That in common parlance is the essence of the honour paid to the men and women of the Western Division of the Bermuda Police Service by Pastor DeJuan Tull and his congregation of the Somerset Seventh-day Adventist Church on Beacon Hill Road, Somerset.
Once or twice a year the church singles out a person or persons making significant conributions in their resepective fields to the Sandys community. This time around the honour for Community Service Award fell to Police Western Division.
Acting Chief Inspector Mark Clark and a representative group from the division did not have far to travel to the Community Guest Sabbath Day service and receive a plaque from the hands of Pastor Tull and Bermuda College Professor, Dr. Trescot Wilson, who is a deacon in the church. It affirmed the church's endorsement of the community policing philosophy that's intended to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
The Church and Somerset Police Station are a mere 200 metres apart, seperated only by the old railway trail. The police and other guests were entertained to lunch in the church hall after the service. The inscription on the plaque stated: “Presented to the Western Division of the Bermuda Police Service for their Community Policing in the Parishes of Sandys, Southampton and Warwick and the Larger Community making Bermuda Safer. Signed Pastor DeJuan Tull.”
Chief Inspector Clark said the gesture of the church was overwhelmening and in keeping with God's command in Romans 13: 1-14 about the duty of the subject in relation to those in authority.The plaque, he added, would have pride of place in the Police station.
Elder Wilson lauded the police for engaging their community policing philosophy. It was one that required a partnership with the citizen.
Police need the help of the citizen, as they are no stronger than the amount of help they get from the community.
Bermuda enjoys a relatively good standard of living, but regrettably the quality of life was being eroded by the high rate of crime and violence, Elder Wilson said.
He particularly lauded the programme of the Community Action Team of the Western Division, which included the Neighbourhood Watch, the Graffiti Cleanup, the Anchor Project and Vulnerable Persons Initiatives with attention to seniors living alone, children home alone and sexually abused persons.
The Anchor Project, the elder said, has the church's support. It involved the historic monument (an Anchor) moved to Mangrove Bay when the Dockyard closed, and now has become “a brown bag conference centre for the sharing of white paper and its content”. And the public need to help police in bringing an end to the practice of graffiti on bus stops and roadways.