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Woodburn resident Ewart Brown invites community members to meet and get to know the Woodburn Police Department as he has over the past two decades

I am extending to you an open invitation. So please accept this invitation to come, see some of the finest police men and women, here in the city of Woodburn. They are the best from the east to the west. They are a package of integrity, an image of humanity, sensitive to community, keen to accountability and bent to availability and we find them here at the Woodburn Police Department.

COURTESY PHOTO - Ewart F. BrownI have lived in Woodburn for 22 years after residing in several cities in Canada and here in the United States of America from east to west. My extensive travels gave me the opportunity to encounter a variety of police personnel. No, no, not that I was in trouble with the law, only a couple unpleasant experiences because of a heavy foot. And those left a bitter taste in my memory bank. I still remember them.

But Woodburn changed that bitter memory. Woodburn, as if compensating me, showered me with some of the nicest and warmest police personnel encounters. I have cited a few of those encounters in my recent book, "A Candy a Day Keeps the Doctor Away." I consider it my privilege to live here in Woodburn. This is a city with diversity but with a community of people who are really fun to be with. They say hello even to strangers.They did it to me and they will do it to you also.

So are the police men and women. I like the fact that they have the touch of humanity. If Mr. George Floyd, from Minneapolis were living in Woodburn, he would still be alive. Our police men and women would have extended to him, his human respect and dignity and the results would have been different. For they behave like they are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and most of all, friends.

This has been my personal experience. And I am inviting you to come, meet our police family for yourself. My experience means little to you. So come and experience it for yourself. Do not be afraid, like I used to be. You can trust yourself and concerns with them. You will find these men and women to be your friends and like your family. They are well trained, understanding, patient and listen well. They even smile easily to put you at ease. We owe our thanks to the city administration and the police chief, Jim Ferraris, for selecting and keeping the good men and women, the best in the east and west.

To you, I am also extending another, open invitation — that you will see yourself as a valuable partner in the growth and sustenance of Woodburn. The police personnel need us and we need them. Policing is peopleing. Life in the city is about "Togetherness." Woodburn will be bigger and better, together.

So dear reader, again, I have for you an open invitation. Come, experience for yourself what the Woodburn Police Department has to offer you. Come, partner with them, to build our city. Thanks.

Ewart Brown is an author, motivation speaker and retired minister who lives in Woodburn.


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