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Detroit — Northwest Detroit honored the men and women of law enforcement with the first annual "Blue Mass" held at St. Christopher's Catholic Church Saturday afternoon.

The event is in recognition of National Police Week.

Bishop Donald Hanchon of the Archdiocese of Detroit, presided over the "Blue Mass."

"We not only count on them but we pray for them," said Hanchon about those in law enforcement.

Hanchon, a long-time Detroit resident, said the sacrifice of those who protect and serve is recognized and respected. He also touted how cool-heads have prevailed in the city, despite unrest in places like Ferguson and Baltimore.

He credited the calm to changes made at the Detroit Police Department, which have strengthened ties with the community and lessened some tension between officers and residents.

Following Mass, Blues and R&B powerhouse Thornetta Davis sang.

Detroit Councilman Gabe Leland, who represents a large portion of Northwest Detroit spoke, thanking Father Jaime Hinojos of St. Christopher's Catholic Church and presenting him with an award.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig, FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Abbate, FBI Community Outreach Specialist Bushra Alawie and captains and neighborhood police officers from the second, sixth and tenth precincts were also honored.

State Representative Harvey Santana, Wayne County Commissioner Alisha Bell, Detroit Police Commission chairman Willie Bell, and Police Commissioners Ricardo Moore and Willie Burton also participated in the celebration.

UWatson@detroitnews.com

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