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Church on Milwaukee’s north side dedicates Sunday to honoring police officers

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A church on Milwaukee’s north side honored Milwaukee police officers and Mayor Tom Barrett Sunday for their commitment to the city on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The church says with constant shootings, reckless driving and police chases, they wanted to dedicate a Sunday for ‘Law Enforcement Day,’ showing appreciation for those who put their lives on the line.

A dozen Milwaukee police officers were given a certificate of appreciation during Sunday service at the Little Community Church of God in Christ. The pastor's message was on obeying authority.

The ceremony comes at a time where tension between police and the community exist.

"I think creating that bond between the community and law enforcement is critical, particularly at this time," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

“Especially the young people, it’s important to see the good side of the officers,” said Connie Russell, Ambassador for Little Community Church of God in Christ. “We want them to see that they're human too.”

Milwaukee's District 7 Police Captain, Willie Murphy says the heartfelt ceremony was overwhelming.

“The outpouring and expression of love in regards to showing this type of appreciation is just overwhelming,” said Murphy. “We appreciate it because the job of a law enforcement officer is not easy.”

Russell also thanked police families, because she says the job doesn't always guarantee your loved one comes home.

“We just wanted to focus on the positive and tell them and their families thank you for their service, and also thank the families for loaning them to us, because they want to go home to their families as well," said Russell.

"The number of officer-involved deaths recently is something that weighs heavy on the minds of officers as we continue to go out here and do the job that's necessary for the city of Milwaukee," Murphy said.

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