We want to thank the Oakland Police Foundation for honoring all of the congregations and people who make Ceasefire Oakland work at Saturday’s Neighborhood Champion Awards.

A special shoutout goes out to Allen Temple Baptist Church, At Thy Word Ministries, Cityteam Oakland, Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, First Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Imani Community Church, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, True Vine Ministries, Victory Baptist Church and their pastors. Another shoutout goes to all of the members of the faith community who lead this very important work.

The event, held at Acts Full Gospel, honored the police officers, district attorneys, outreach workers, residents and faith-based community who actively contributed to the city’s 28% reduction in homicides in 2013.

“Because of the tremendous, collaborative efforts of multiple agencies, organizations and individuals, violent crime is down significantly in East Oakland,” the Oakland Police Foundation said.

OCO board co-chair Dr. George Cummings, pastor of Imani Community Church, also was given the foundation’s President’s Award for his outstanding leadership and contributions.

Let’s continue to show our community that we love them and we want them to be safe and free.

Read the story about the Neighborhood Champion Awards in the Oakland Tribune.