City of Mount Pleasant

The Mount Pleasant Police Department has long recognized that clergy and their congregations are an abundant and dynamic resource. In order to more fully engage the faith-based community in the police department’s community policing concept, a Clergy and Police Alliance program was created. The alliance is designed to improve police legitimacy by closing the gap between residents and police officers through clergy interaction. After completing six weeks of training, participating ministers begin riding with officers on patrol duties to provide calm in crisis situations to those in need, to support victims and their families, and to offer ministerial services to both victims and suspects if requested. Mount Pleasant’s Clergy and Police Alliance has received overwhelming community support and provides a great opportunity for law enforcement and ministers to work together to solve problems.

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