The Alice Police Department held an appreciation lunch Thursday for local law enforcement officers at the Alice PD's Training Center.

Chief Rex Ramon and Jim Wells County Sheriff Daniel Bueno agreed that every officer understands the duties that are asked of them when they choose the career.

Bueno asked for everyone to keep Deputy Christopher Bowen in their prayers. Bowen was involved in a shooting approximately three weeks ago that ended with one man dead. Bowen was placed on administrative pay with leave pending an investigation.

Ramon reminded attendees that Bowen was doing what his job requires under that certain situation and that at any time they could be in Bowen's shoes. Every officer needs prayers and support to do their job protecting and serving.