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  • (R-l) Brookhaven Police Department’s Major Brandon Gurley shows 2-year-old Thomas Gioia how it sounds to speak over the police loudspeaker, as his parents Tom and Ashlyn look on. In the background Thomas’ 4-year-old sister, Eleanor, covers her ears from the noise. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • (Clockwise, from right) Brookhaven Police Department’s Major Brandon Gurley allows 2-year-old Thomas Gioia to sit behind the steering wheel of the Police Interceptor SUV, as his father Tom looks inside. Tom’s wife Ashlyn and his 4-year-old daughter, Eleanor, also came to the police station to visit Major Gurley. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Anne Stephens, director of communications at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Atlanta, stands between Sgt. Jake Kissel and Maj. Brandon Gurley of the Brookhaven Police Department. Stephens works closely with the two officers in coordinating the Adopt-A-Cop Program. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Brookhaven Police Department pedestrian safety officer Maria Jones, standing left, returns to the outdoor patio table at Newk’s Eatery, where she shared lunch with (r-l) Our Lady of the Assumption Church youth minister, Angela O’Donoghue, Erin Rogan and her 3-year-old daughter, Audrey. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Sgt. Jake Kissel, right, of the Brookhaven Police Department makes his first visit of the school year, Sept. 14, to Kathryn Berg’s fifth grade class at Our Lady of the Assumption School. Sgt. Kissel, who was adopted by the entire fifth grade, which includes two other classrooms, brought police K9 handler Officer David Fikes, left, as a special guest. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • (Front row, kneeling) Brookhaven Police Department Sgt. Jake Kissel, K9 handler Officer David Fikes and full-service police work dog, Dano, pose for a photograph with Kathryn Berg’s fifth grade class at Our Lady of the Assumption School. Sgt. Kissel, who was adopted by the entire fifth grade, which includes two other classrooms, invited police K9 handler Officer Fikes and Dano, a Belgian Malinois, as his special guests. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Sgt. Jake Kissel, of the Brookhaven Police Department, opens his uniform shirt to reveal the bulletproof vest that bears patches including an American flag, a sheepdog and St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of first responders, including police officers. In some circles police have been compared to sheepdogs guarding the sheep, which is the community. Photo By Michael Alexander

(R-l) Brookhaven Police Department’s Maj. Brandon Gurley shows 2-year-old Thomas Gioia how it sounds to speak over the police loudspeaker, as his parents Tom and Ashlyn look on. In the background Thomas’ 4-year-old sister, Eleanor, covers her ears from the noise. Photo By Michael Alexander


Brookhaven

Parish builds warm community with Brookhaven police officers

BROOKHAVEN—The Adopt-A-Cop ministry of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, launched in late February, is helping parishioners forge relationships with officers of the Brookhaven Police Department. The ministry has grown by leaps and bounds as 144 parish families have adopted 54 employees of the department, which has 65 sworn police officers. Anne Stephens, parish communications […] Full Story | En Español