The Strong Blue Line
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America’s law enforcement officers are under attack like never before. Officers are being assaulted and even murdered for no other reason than the uniform they wear.
Retired police officer, Pastor Tim Rupp wrote Winning a Gunfight to help officers win. Pastor Rupp draws from his career as a police officer to help officers win body, soul, and spirit. For over 30 years he has been trying to figure out how to break through the police subculture and reach police officers with the gospel. Most people do not realize this subculture exists and how powerful it is. It’s not uncommon for police officers to become very skeptical and distrusting of anyone outside of the policing culture. Even as part of that subculture, it was hard to gain credibility with cynical and untrusting officers. The recent terrible verbal and physical assaults in the media demonstrates why many officers are apt to become cynical. Tim believes his book will help bridge the gap. “Winning a Gunfight” makes an instant connection with police officers, military members, and anyone who carries or owns a firearm for self-defense or defense of another.
The Strong Blue Line project is a cooperative effort by churches to show their appreciation for their local law enforcement officers. Churches are encouraged to purchase a copy of “Winning a Gunfight” for each officer in their community. In larger communities, churches can band together to purchase the book. Not only will this provide officers with a valuable resource and a “thank you” for their service; it will provide a connection between officers and congregations. And most importantly it will get the gospel into the hands of police officers.
Tim Rupp was a career police officer before being called into fulltime vocational ministry. He enlisted in the Air Force after graduating high school. After his enlistment, Tim joined the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) and gave 24 years of dedicated service before retiring in 2007. During his SAPD career he worked as a patrol officer, homicide detective, patrol sergeant, sex crimes sergeant, police academy supervisor, and internal affairs sergeant-investigator. He continued his law enforcement service as a reserve deputy with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho from 2009-2020.