Young Boy Battling Cancer Becomes MPD Honorary Officer
Updated On: Jan 19, 2022
Watch Video: Devarjaye (DJ) Daniel is sworn in as an honorary MPD officer (see link to raw file for editing purposes below).
Ten-year-old Devarjaye (DJ) Daniel was sworn in today as an honorary METRO Police Department (MPD) officer at METRO's Administration Building in downtown Houston. DJ, who is battling terminal brain and spine cancer, is on a mission to be sworn in by 100 law enforcement agencies. He proudly accepted his official badge from METRO Chief of Police Vera Bumpers.
"We appreciate you wanting to be a part of our organization," said Chief Bumpers. "Just know we are committed to praying for you every day. With God, all things are possible."
Daniel's father, Theodis Daniel, said his son's admiration for law enforcement began during Hurricane Harvey when his family sought refuge at the George R. Brown Convention Center. During their stay, Daniel said his family experienced acts of kindness from three police officers stationed at the center.
"The officers would always hand out snacks to DJ and his siblings," said Daniel. They took him under their wings during those tough days. DJ always remembered their kindness — it's something he never forgot."
Nearly 40 MPD officers looked on as the fourth-grader was also given his very own MPD uniform and specially-made shadowbox, as well as a pin from the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Chief Bumpers also included a personal note of encouragement. The ceremony closed with the Police Officer's Prayer, led by MPD Sgt. Tommy Dean Jr.
MPD is the 47th law enforcement agency to swear in DJ as an honorary police officer. Media can access raw video footage of the event here. View more images of the event here.