Part 2 – Law Enforcement Series: Brian Morrison ~ Community Resource & Civil Rights Police Officer, Barnstable, Massachusetts

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!

Pt. 2 – Law Enforcement Series: Officer Brian Morrison ~ Community Resource & Civil Rights Police Officer, Barnsatable, Massachusetts

[Audio Version] PART 2 Law Enforcement Series: Brian Morrison ~ Community & Civil Rights Police Officer at Barnsatable Police Department, Cape Cod, MA
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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”

BILLY GRAHAM EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ~ NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MINISTRY

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

Seminars

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.”

Those interested in particpating in this series of conversations featuring law enforcement officers may contact me HERE.

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PRIOR POSTS

*I welcome your comments below, especially any encouraging words you’d like to share with our law enforcement officers.

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Author: Rachael M. Colby

Born and raised in Jamaica, award-winning writer Rachael M. Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, beach bum, artist, work in progress, avid Tweeter—#HealthyFaith Chat leader, Rachael writes to glorify God, encourage believers, and reach the lost. She connects culture’s questions with Christianity’s answers, inspires faith, and motivates through articles, devotions, poetry, and interviews. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and to uplift those who serve in tough places. Her work has appeared on Southern Ohio Christian Voice, Inkspirations Online, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog, and the Oak Ridger newspaper. She runs on copious amounts of coffee and chocolate. Her WIPs include a compilation of her family’s and others’ stories of their work as civil rights activists (adult and children’s books), and a devotional for writers. You can connect with Rachael on her website, TattooItOnYourHeart.com—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

4 thoughts on “Part 2 – Law Enforcement Series: Brian Morrison ~ Community Resource & Civil Rights Police Officer, Barnstable, Massachusetts”

  1. Thanks Rachael for your interview with officer Brain. I think everyone would love to have someone like him in our local police force. I really like that your interviews are moving forward. You should get a map of the USA and have active links that look like push pins for each interview you do so we can see your interview journey progress.

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    1. Wonderful idea, Ben! You let me know when you’ve got the map thing figured out and up and running! Thanks for volunteering. Lol. (I’m #notatechie 🙂 ) Glad you enjoyed, and yes it’s great to have officers who connect with the youth and embed themselves in their communities.

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  2. Wonderful to meet Officer Morrison here Ms. Rachael. Thank you for sharing his “mission” with us. I’ve oft wondered why we see toddlers (small children) laughing, playing, and sharing life together in pre-K, nurseries, and other environments. Then, as they grow older, we see the division occur more and more. I wonder if they naturally grow to distrust, divide, and disassociate , or if it is a learned response as they watch their parents, relatives, and older siblings interact. We are, after all, a product of our environment. I join with you and Officer Morrison in praying that God let that change begin with us. Well done ma’am.

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