December 22, 2015 Officers from the Suwanee, Ga. Police Department will be the first to say that they are doing their jobs, but it is how they are doing them that makes a difference. To them, the people that they are protecting and serving it is making a big difference that is being noticed.
On December 7, 2015 Officers from the Suwanee Police Department Cpl. Kevin Skinner and Officer Chance Belche were detailed to oversee an event at a local Mosque due to fears of members of the congregation. The Officers spoke with a coordinator of the event named Dr. Mumtaz Bashir and assured her that they would be diligent in their efforts to keep everyone safe and secure.
They also spoke with her regarding their understanding of the nature of tensions revolving around Muslim communities and listened to her concerns. At the end of the event Dr. Bashir was so taken with the Officers diligence, compassion and attentiveness that she wrote to the Department and then a long article to her community regarding the two officers in The AtlantaMuslim.com
The Article is entitled “There are heroes among us” in which she re-posts what she wrote to the Department regarding the two officers.
This in itself is very note worthy because it shows what a great connection the two officers have made between themselves, their Department and their community. If that was all that there was to report that would be enough. But there is more.
On December 18, 2015 Officer Chance Belche had an occasion to meet up with a bot that he had partnered with last year when he participated in “Shop with a cop” and he bonded with the boy very well. The boy who’s name is Jamie, talked about how much he had wanted an Xbox 360 last year.
Officer Belche a year later had not forgotten that nor did he forget Jamie. He met Jamie again this year to “Shop with a cop” and from the original video’s posting by Kaitlyn Stewart it said” “Officer Chance Belcher told me this morning how much he loved the boy he got to shop with last year (Jamie) and how much he wanted an Xbox but never got one. Well God works in mysterious ways! Out of all the officers and children out tonight, the two were paired together again! Officer Belcher gave his personal Xbox system to Jamie. Officer Belcher is a wonderful role model and I’m so excited I was able to share this experience with my department.”
The officer teases Jamie a little bit, but you can see the excitement, joy and appreciation in the boys face when he receives the gift presented to him by Officer Belche.
The short video can be seen here:
Officer Belche cares about his community, about people in general and is a great representation of the Blue.
Here is what Dr. Bashir wrote regarding Cpl. Kevin Skinner and Officer Chance Belche on her facebook wall as well as in the AtlantaMuslim Article:
I had the most positive experience with the professionals at the Suwanee Police Department yesterday!
I made a phone call to the police department on Sunday after a concerned parent brought up the fact that there have been a lot of violent threats against ALL American Muslims since the horrific shootings in San Bernardino, California. Dispatcher Michelle answered the phone and I explained my concerns. She immediately told me she would notify Capt Mooney, and would make sure she had officers present when our kids arrived for school, played outside, and even when they left to go home. I met both Corporal Skinner and Officer Belther a few hours later. I explained to them that there are over 7 million moderate American Muslims living peacefully in the United States as your neighbors, doctors, teachers, engineers, accountants etc and that we meant no harm to anyone. They were both very kind and assured me that the Suwanee Police Dept knew who we were, the kind of good people we are and that if we needed anything, that they would be there to help us. Officer Skinner even went so far as to say that he understood that a few bad apples can ruin a bunch and that it had even happened to the police (we have all seen the videos online.) I was taken aback by his empathy. His genuine kindness to a stranger warmed my heart. Both officers were true to their words, they watched out for us while the kids played outside and even, when I left at the end of the day, I saw one of them keeping watch in a distance.
God bless & protect the fine men and women who serve in the Suwanee Police department & the caring people who surround us all!