More than 50 residents and local officers gathered for a prayer vigil in Moultrie. (Source: WALB)
Alma Fleming (Source: WALB)
Colquitt County Lieutenant Randy Stephens (Source: WALB)
Officers and residents and even a local pastor were moved. (Source: WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -
More than 50 residents and local officers gathered for a prayer vigil in Moultrie.
Empowering the community and law enforcement agencies to break every chain was Friday's theme at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church vigil.
The church house was packed from wall to wall with community members and officers.
Moultrie Police, Colquitt County officers and community members showed their unity by locking arms during Friday night's prayer vigil at the church.
Two weeks ago the church decided to host the service.
And every quarter the church leads prayer vigils, but this one focused on law enforcement.
"We want to bring unity, love, peace, justice, healing and at the end we will have solidarity," said Alma Fleming.
Fleming is one of four organizers and she didn't hesitate with leading the service after the pastor approached her with the idea.
"Excitement. I'm always excited that I'm being a helping force or source in doing things to bring a betterment to our community," explained Fleming.
Fleming also serves on the Concerned Citizen's Advisory Committee for Moultrie Police Department.
"God died for us all so why should we take each other lives," explained Fleming. "So it hurt."
Officers and residents and even a local pastor were moved.
"We're honored. It's nice to know that there's people in the community that do care," said Colquitt County Lieutenant Randy Stephens.
Stephens said that officers are on high alert.
"We're all in it together. We may wear the uniform but we're all citizens," explained Stephens. "We want to have a safe community we want to walk out without fear."
"Once you get to know them you'll feel more comfortable with them and when you see them frequently in your area you'll say oh that's officer blah blah blah," said Fleming. "Officer Brown. Officer whoever, you will know them."
Fleming hopes that residents walked away feeling closer to local officers.
And will be their eyes and ears when something is going on to keep the community safe.