City leaders launch 'Pray for Police' initiative

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston police officers are asking for your support and your prayers.

This morning, officers, city leaders and local clergy came together to kick off the 'Pray for Police' campaign.

They are three simple words, but the mayor, the sheriff, the chief of police and dozens of other officers say they're especially important to them right now.

'Pray for Police' is the message and a call to action local law enforcement are impressing upon the public. Organizers say the new public awareness campaign comes at a critical time for law enforcement nationwide.

Using the hashtag #P4P, the campaign aims to bridge the divide between law enforcement nationwide and the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve.

As part of the campaign, more than 30,000 wristbands will be distributed to area citizens, local congregations and anyone who wants to show support for the work Houston area law enforcement does.

Today, standing side by side, Houston Mayor Anise Parker, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman and dozens of other law enforcement officers and elected officials invoked the name of fallen Deputy Darren Goforth as they called for unity, support and peace.

"If we join together, join our voices, join our prayers, join our hands, we can make a difference," said Mayor Parker. "We can heal not just this rift between law enforcement and the citizens we police, but across this nation. Let it start now. Let it start here. Let it start in Houston."

"Through your continued support and your continued prayer," added Sheriff Hickman.

You can get yours at the HPD union building at 1602 State Street. Police will be giving them out tomorrow through Thursday from 6am to 11am.

Now here's what's really cool -- once you have one of the wrist bands, you're encouraged to show your support by showing off your wristband with a thumbs up whenever you see police officers.

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