Dennis M. Jackson II – Miami’s Assistant Police Chief Connecting theological understanding and crime prevention
Assistant Police Chief Jackson’s experience extends far beyond community policing programs. He also serves as a bi-vocational pastor and recently earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS).
Jackson says success in ministry and in crime prevention often hinges on people in the community who are ready to cooperate with people whom they trust.
“The word of God says when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice,” says Jackson, who adds that the work of pastors and police officers requires similar skill sets, the most important of which is a desire to serve and improve the lives of people.
“The way we go about addressing anything that relates to crime, drugs, or gangs is to ensure that the community trusts us enough to work with us,” Jackson explains. “If the community can’t get involved in every step, I don’t think it’s a good plan.” Jackson credits the faculty at TEDS with helping him integrate biblical principles with cultural demands.
“I’m one of those students who kind of took his time to get through the program,” Jackson said. “I think that the Lord just really blessed my understanding of a lot of spiritual things at Trinity.”