Hanceville Police Department welcomes Chaplain Rick Davis

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Hanceville Police Chief Bob Long, right, introduces Chaplain Rick Davis, standing left behind Councilman Jim Sawyer, seated. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The Hanceville Police Department at Thursday’s Hanceville City Council meeting welcomed a new team member. Chief Bob Long introduced Rick Davis, his department’s new chaplain. Davis offered the invocation prior to the business portion of the meeting.

Long said of Davis, “He came to us and he wanted to get involved with the PD and serve as our chaplain. He comes from a police background and family from up in the Tennessee area. He came down here and has done some pastor work. He decided the way things are going with the defund the police (movement) and attacking the police and everything, he thought maybe some of our guys could use some spiritual background. He is going to become involved with Hanceville Police as our new chaplain.”

Added the chief, “You will probably see him out, and he’ll be out in uniform. He will probably be at some of our ball games and driving around with some of our officers. If you see him out introduce yourself and he will do the same. I think it will be good for our guys. From time to time, we do have some stressful things going on here. You all know as well as I do that police departments all across this nation are under attack right now. I think it will be beneficial for them to have someone to talk to. We are glad to welcome him to be a part of the Hanceville PD.”

Davis said he is thrilled to serve as chaplain in Hanceville.

“I am not trying to be a pastor. I want to be a chaplain,” he said. “I want to be somebody that will listen. Somebody that is more than anything, a friend. I am excited to be amongst you.”

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Christy Perry

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