January 23 pastors luncheon addresses community policing

From left are pastor John Wright, pastor David Smith, Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp, Rev. Tom Coye, Rev. Dr. Tyron Williams, Ralph Millar, Rev. Dr. Barbara Cain, Bennie Green, Tony Starks Jr., Rev. Pilar Parnell, Philip Mumford, Rev. Dr. Linwood Blizzard, Major Allen Garland, and minister Alva Jackson.

The Community Liaison and Advocacy Council (CLAC) on January 23 held a pastors luncheon at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Heathsville. 

The luncheon is part of the council’s “Cops and Collars” program which brings faith leaders and members of the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office together to discuss concerns within the pastors’ congregations and communities and to open avenues of communication.

The luncheon was attended by eight pastors, members of the council, Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp and Major Allen Garland.

“In these times of heightened concern about excessive force, often when community members interact with members of law enforcement, the community member is apprehensive, intimidated and fearful of conflict,” said council member Laurie Morissette. 

“The purpose of the CLAC is to unite….

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