Odessa church gives $145,000 to ‘underpaid’ police

ODESSA — A local church has given $145,000 to the Odessa Police Department for the money to distributed among “underpaid” officers, a church leader said.

The Rev. Don Caywood of Odessa Christian Faith Center handed the money over to police Chief Chris Pipes at a Sunday service. The department will distribute $1,000 checks to 145 employees.

“It became obvious our men and women in blue are underpaid,” Caywood told the congregation during the service.

Caywood said the church, which has a weekly attendance of about 1,600, raised most of the money since late October. Caywood said he was inspired after hearing of officers battling for better pay and benefits.

The donation also reflected the community’s respect for police in the aftermath of the September deaths of three officers who were gunned down in the line of duty.

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