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Waterloo church prayer service held for police

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A concern over the disconnect between police and the community had people in Waterloo coming together Sunday.

The Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church hosted a Law Enforcement Prayer Service.

"We should have had this years ago," said Bonetta Culp, parishioner. 

The service was led by Rev. Frantz Whitfield and was meant for the faith community to pray for law enforcement.

He says he's concerned because people are continue to tell him they are afraid of the police department.

"I want to show people that we are standing up as a faith community. That we are standing up for the people and to show them that the police department and the local churches can work together," said Rev. Whitfield. 

Whitfield says about five years ago he was the police department chaplain and used to patrol along with the officers.

He had to quit because of health reasons, but it was an opportunity to show a unified front.

"They would see my face and then they wouldn't be so fearful of the police department," said Whitfield. 

As for police chief Dan Trelka, he says the prayer service is a victory for his department.

"With all that's going on in the world, with all that's going on in the country for this to occur is a very encouraging sign," said Trelka. 

Rev. Whitfield says this prayer service went beyond what's happening here locally.

He says he spoke to a number of pastors in the Baltimore area who have expressed to him that the only reason the protests calmed down is because of the faith leaders standing against it.

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