On Thursday, police officers from around South Florida want to share a little something — and no, it's not coffee or a doughnut.
"The damage between law enforcement and the community is multi-layered," Miami Beach police Sgt. Jorge Alessandri told the Miami Herald. "God placed this idea on my heart — to heal through prayer."
From noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, officers from about a dozen South Florida police departments will stand on the side of Northwest 107th Avenue and Northwest 25th Street. In hand will be signs that say "Let a police officer pray for you."
The event, dubbed "Prayer with a Cop," is being organized by the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers (FCPO) and will take place outside the Police Benevolent Association's offices in Doral.
So how does it work? Well, kind of like the drive-through at McDonald's.
"You will simply pull up, roll down your window, and we (the officers) will pray for you," Alessandri said. "Then you're off, covered in prayer in no time."
He added: "The event will allow members of the community to see a side of us that I don’t think has ever been seen before. We will be putting our guard down and will be opening ourselves to the community. I hope that they see this as a genuine act of love."
The event will come just two weeks after two sheriff deputies were abruptly shot to death as they ate lunch inside a Chinese restaurant in North Florida.
The murders are part of almost two dozen in the last few months.
Last week, an Arizona officer died after he was shot multiple times while attempting to pull over an armed carjacker. On Saturday, an off-duty police officer was killed by a stray bullet while inside his house in east Arkansas. Reports say he was playing with his kids inside when he was shot dead, according to the Washington Post.
Since the start of 2018, 21 law enforcement officers across the country have been shot and killed in the line of duty. On average, that's more than one death a week, reported CNN.
Alessandri, who also serves as FCPO president, called it a "step toward overcoming the gap."
"My prayer is that they would receive this with open arms," Alessandri said. "In prayer, we pause, give God our grievances. In praying together, we see each other as human. But one thing is certain, we need to come together or this division between us will never be removed."