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First of all, I’d like to thank God for his many blessings that he has bestowed upon me. I am also thankful to him for the opportunity to meet with some of the leaders, pastors, evangelists and ministers of the Lancaster County community.
The recent violence and crime in the community has me concerned, not only as a citizen, but as a father who cares for all children, not just my own.
We, as parents, need to slow down and listen to our children. We need to try and understand what they are going through and work with the families of the troubled men and women because no one wins when violence occurs.
I am very impressed with the Lancaster Police Department and the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office for all your efforts in Lancaster County. I would also like to express my gratitude to Chief Hugh White and Sheriff Barry Faile for taking the time to meet with our leaders in an effort to take a stand against the violence. You officers do not get the credit you deserve for the work you do in the community, as well as behind the scenes.
Now to elected officials, we need to see more of you than just during election time. You come to our churches and rally in the community making promises you do not keep and then once the election is over, we do not see you anymore.
The violence has got to stop. We, as a team, must take a stand. I realize that the violence is not going to be fixed overnight, but it did not start overnight either.
It is time to be more visible in helping to clean up Lancaster County and making it feel like home again. Please join us in the effort to save the lives of our children and our fellow citizens.
God has commissioned us to come together in an effort to act upon the mission that is set before us. Again, I would like to thank the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office and the Lancaster Police Department for their efforts.
Above all else, I would like to thank God for his infinite blessings and this opportunity to speak out against violence. To all other concerned parents and citizens of the Lancaster community, I ask you to step up and step out. Let’s make Lancaster feel like home once more.