Thursday’s Thoughts: Winnipeg’s Praying Police Chief
A few weeks ago, the City of Winnipeg got its first black police chief when Jamaican born Devon Clunis got the nod for the position. Devon, who has over 20 years of service, also served as the police chaplain. Since his selection, his strong Christian faith has been a topic of discussion.
In one of his first meeting with the media, (A Christian news magazine), Clunis wore his faith on his sleeve and said the following:
EXCERPTS from the ChristianWeek story, New police chief: prayer will play a role in reducing violent crime
— “I’m a little tired of us… being ‘(the) murder capital of Canada,’ ” says Devon Clunis, who was appointed chief of police at the beginning of October. “People consistently say, ‘How are you going to solve that?’ It’s not simply going to be because we’re going to go out there and police it away. I truly believe that prayer will be a significant piece of that.
“What would happen if we all just truly — I’m talking about all religious stripes here — started praying for the peace of this city and then actually started putting some action behind that?” he adds. “I believe something phenomenal is going to happen in our city. I truly believe it’s coming. I don’t think I’ve arrived at this position just by chance.”
— Clunis attributes his success to God. He says he has never asked God to make him a powerful person, but rather he has prayed that God make him a leader who treats people with dignity and respect and who is successful in his endeavours.
— Clunis says at the end of the day, he just wants to give of himself to help the community.
— “God still cares, He’s still involved in our lives,” Clunis says, “and I believe without a shadow of a doubt the only reason that I am in this position is because God is involved in it. Without a shadow of a doubt.”
Yesterday, the media was in a frenzy. ‘Chief urges prayer to fight crime’ was the general headline, his words sadly taken out of context.
Chief Clunis has my support. I am happy to see a man of strong christian values in his position. I have seen, read and heard of too many ‘bad cops’ and ‘dirty cops” that I, for the most part, have lost faith in them. Clunis has given me a reason to have at least a glimmer of hope.
As for using prayer as part of his arsenal, why not? With Winnipeg the nation’s crime capital, what do we have to lose? And while you kneel in prayer for our city, don’t forget to say one for Clunis. He needs our prayers and support and we need him to stay strong in his faith no matter what comes.
Oh, and like him, I also believe that the only reason he’s in this position is ‘because God is involved in it’.
All the best, Chief! Keep the faith!
Just my take.
- Winnipeg police chief proposes prayer to help combat crime (cbc.ca)
- Winnipeg police chief says comments on prayer and crime misconstrued (ctvnews.ca)
- Combat crime with prayer urges Winnipeg police chief (metronews.ca)
- Local Hero: Devon Clunis preaches the power of prayer (stjohnscathedral.ca)
- Winnipeg police chief to speak to media (cbc.ca)
- Police chief ‘misconstrued’ on controversial prayer statement (theglobeandmail.com)