At a time in our nation fraught with division, Officer Brian Morrison of the Barnstable, Massachusetts Police Department has embedded himself in his community. He serves as the department’s community resource and civil rights officer among many other involvements. His perspective as a Black police officer, his service, and influence as a bridge between people has won him awards and the hearts of the Cape Cod community and beyond.
“There’s a trick to community policing. ‘Start with the kids.'” Officer Morrison stated in a 2021 Cape Cod Times article by Jeannette Hinkle. “A School Resource Officer’s role is not limited to being a police officer as they are a counselor, teacher, coach, and mentor.” No wonder he is viewed by many as the unofficial Mayor of Cape Cod. What a privilege to introduce you to him during Black History Month in this video interview with an optional downloadable audio version. — Oh, and apparently some police officers prefer chocolate chip cookies! I’ll make sure to remember that, Officer Morrison.
Make sure to check out the resources and opportunities for citizens and police officers and their families beneath the interview. Enjoy!
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Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (I Timothy 2:1-2 NKJV)
RESOURCES, PROGRAMS & OPPORTUNITIES
People for Action annual Unity Day ~ Founded in 2016 by Jessie and Andre Barboza is a day of fun and fellowship to bring together the community of diverse families and law enforcement officers.
I met Jason Gourdine, a member of People for Action, briefly as he walked into the Hyannis Youth and Community Center while I was talking to Officer Morrison. I saw firsthand the comradery and respect between him, Officer Morrison, and a group of young men as they greeted each other. Mr. Gourdine pointed at them and said, “This is the mission right here. Keep our youth out of harm’s way. I’m connected to the Barnstable Police Department, so they [the youth] are connected to BPD. Limit the misunderstandings… Connectivity in the community between law enforcement and young community members.” Perhaps this event and other programs and ideas mentioned in the above interview with Officer Brian Morrison and those below will inspire other communities.
Youth Explorer Police Program (Ages 13-17 years old) Contact SGT. Corey Fredrickson at the Barnstable Police Department: 508-775-0387
Citizens Police Academy, Barnstable PD (Ages 18 and up) – Contact the Barnstable Police Department: 508-775-0387
Sheriff’s Youth Ranch (Summer program – ages 12-16 years) Part of the juvinile diversion progran to help reengage youth in more postive ways of thinking. (Two days a week for one month.)
Police Academy for Youth (Ages 9-13 years.- Contact Officer Brian Morrison or Geoge Noonan at Barnstable County Hyannis Youth and Community Center for information: 508-790-6345. )
Great short video by Around Town on Boston 25 – First Responder Friday: “Officer Brian”
A Chaplain Ministry of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association offering a law enforcement appreciation program which includes
FREE retreats for Law enforcement officers and their spouses
Law enforcement chaplaincy training.
VIDEO ARCHIVES OF BGEA LAW ENFORCEMENT SPEAKERS & EVENTS: https://rrt.billygraham.org/nlem/media-archives/
ADOPT-A-COP ~ “The goal of Adopt-A-Cop is to assign law enforcement officers to a family, group, or individual who will pray daily for them and send a note of encouragement, support and a thank you for their service to the community.”
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