LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new effort launched Wednesday is aimed at getting the public to pray for LMPD officers.

The Shield a Badge With Prayer program partners LMPD with faith-based organizations in Louisville. Congregation members will receive one officer's name and badge number on a card and are asked to pray for that officer each day.

It's voluntary for officers and church-goers to participate, and its open to all denominations.

"We need to be cloaking our communities ... not think about the things that divide us but how can we unite and support and pray for people in very, very difficult situations and hope that that changes things," said Dr. Tom Smith with the Middletown United Methodist Church.

The program is being tested in divisions in south Louisville and east Louisville first. The effort started in Texas and is spreading across the country.

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