Mountlake Terrace police host first ‘Cops and Clergy’ Event

Sgt. Scott King listens as local faith leaders share their goals for Cops and Clergy. (Photos courtesy City of Mountlake Terrace)

Members of the Mountlake Terrace Police Department and local faith leaders met during a recent Cops and Clergy event to discuss ways they can work together to help people in crisis.

Police and about two dozen faith leaders gathered at the Mountlake Terrace Police Department July 28. The goal is to meet quarterly going foward.

William Paige Jr., with the Mountlake Terrace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission, shares at the first Cops and Clergy event. 

This was the city’s first Cops and Clergy event, part of a widespread effort among law enforcement to foster meaningful discussions about social issues, with a focus on solutions. The gatherings also help faith leaders learn about safety trends and crime prevention.

“We want to break down barriers,” Mountlake Terrace Police Sgt. Scott King told the group.

The police department had planned for this program to launch in early 2020, but the first meeting was scuttled by the pandemic.

  1. I fear the problem is some of these clergy would have no resemblance of the clergy that our country has had for hundreds of years. You cannot change or omit sections of the Bible and still consider yourself similar to the clergy of old. And those are the people that helped make our country great.

    1. Robert,

      Perhaps you could check with Sgt King and see if you can attend.

      And – that might be an interesting topic for a public discussion with the city’s Diversity Commission.

      1. Think of your remark being compounded by hundreds of thousands of people in the last 50 years against people who hold the values we’ve once mostly all had, then you can begin to see why so many areas of the country are in such a bad state. I’m a moderate but I do realize what’s gotten people sober. People using drugs commit most crimes. Even AA is a program about morality. If you look at the changes from the 1960s to now you could say there has been one force that seems to stoop lower and lower every couple years. Guess what that one force is? Ever hear of the myth of the pied piper? Easy insults and dark demonic imagery. Try to tie these things together. There’s nothing wrong with the form of rock or any other kind of music but we really see these people as our saints today. It’s a snarky world some live in, and very easy to make comments against people’s moral values. It might work for a rock star trying to make money off teen rebellion, but doesn’t work when older people use that as their moral code.

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