MAGNOLIA – Changes in societal norms mean law enforcement officers face unique challenges today compared to the past.
That’s what Bob Fielding, chaplaincy consultant with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, told law enforcement officers at an appreciation dinner Aug. 3 at Central Baptist Church, Magnolia.
Speaking to law enforcement officers from five agencies in Columbia County, Fielding acknowledged the difficult situations officers face are because society’s attitude toward law enforcement has changed drastically in recent years.
Fielding, who serves as an auxiliary police officer and lead chaplain at the Jacksonville Police Department, shared from several experiences where he believes chaplains were a great help to members of the department.He described one of those occasions, saying: “We all remember where we were on 9-11. At our department, those of us who have been there awhile remember 8-25 (for Aug. 25), when about 10 years ago we dealt with a man in a long shooting standoff. He shot several…READ MORE