Catholic parish builds warm community ties with local police officers

(CNS) Adopt-A-Cop, a ministry of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Brookhaven launched in late February, is helping parishioners forge relationships with local law enforcement.

The ministry has grown by leaps and bounds as 144 parish families have adopted 54 employees of the Brookhaven Police Department, which has 65 sworn police officers.

Anne Stephens, parish communications director, gives credit to the Holy Spirit for the program’s success.

Last winter, Deacon Ed Patterson approached her about starting the ministry in support of Brookhaven officers after learning about it from a deacon friend.

“It sounded like a great idea. I was always raised to respect police,” Stephens told The Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. [More]