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Community prays for police officers

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Three hundred people joined together Sunday to pray for police.

People who live in Cedar Rapids say they are concerned about the relationship between police and the community. They say this is why they feel it's necessary to pray.

"God lays down his life for all people and that's exactly what our officers do daily, they are willing to lay down their lives and we respect that greatly," said Pastor Craig Brown, Cedar Rapids.

Nine area congregations came together to pray at four different police departments in eastern Iowa, one location being Cedar Rapids. More than 100 people bowed their heads in prayer outside of the police department.

"We pray for them," said Thomas Moore, Hiawatha. "It is a dangerous job and it's one that I wouldn't want to do, I mean they are in danger a lot and we ask a lot of them. When we are running one direction they are running toward the danger and so I found it necessary that we pray for them."

Many people stopped to thank the pastor for the services Sunday, saying their family members are in the police department and it means a lot to them.

"There were several parents of officers, there were officers that weren't in uniform here today and it was very meaningful to have them," said Pastor Brown.

People who participated are hopeful the prayer was meaningful to officers.

"I would hope that they would see this as support and encouragement to them as they carry out their work," said Moore. "Many times we don't show our appreciation for people who do some pretty important work and I can't even imagine what the city would be like without law enforcement."

One Cedar Rapids police officer who attended the prayer service said it wasn't about her and the department, it was about the community.

People also gathered in Hiawatha and Marion to pray.

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