Across the nation many police officers are under attack. Now, one Shreveport church is focused on faith and prayer to encourage the officers.
Wednesday, the men and women behind the badge filled the pews of Mt. Canaan in Shreveport, leaning on faith for protection.
"We have so much going on and negativity surrounding law enforcement," said Sheriff Steve Prator.
Many brothers and sisters in blue moved from side-to-side in song, hands raised high worshiping with members of the community.
Sheriff Steve Prator stood and acknowledged those dear to him killed as a result of crime.
"10 of my friends that have died a violent death," said Sheriff Prator.
Nine officers have been killed in the line of duty in Louisiana this year, and on Wednesday Sheriff Prator stressed the power of prayer in the line of duty and the community.
"The last six months or seven months of my life have been more trying, than any of the other 62 years," added Prator.
Prator referenced personal battles such as losing his home to the rising Red River and he reminded everyone to never lose hope in humanity.
"We have to remind ourselves that people are good, and we are here to protect them," said Prator.
Words that clearly resonated with the crowd gathered inside the walls of the church. The citywide prayer was a collective effort among several churches in the Shreveport community.