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     I currently work for a collge Public Safety Department. We have limited powers of arrest in our jurisdiction, but the locals always respect us and for the most part, ask us to take care of our own business. During my time with this department I received certification as an Emergency Services Chaplain. My superiors don't think it serves a valid purpose in this enviroment, as you can't be seen endorsing one religion over another in this kind of enviroment. I understand that, however, I am a multi-faith minister outside of work, so I cater to all faiths. I have no problem speaking to Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc.  My question is this: does your department have a chaplain avalible? What kind of role do they play, i.e. offier involved use of force incidents, death notofications, etc.? And would you reccomend that other departments use these individuals as an asset?


     I can say that in my regualr patrol duties, I've used this title and training on several occasions to my benefit to de-escilate situations that could have gond bad very quickly. One man squared off with me because he was high and homeless. He said I was just there to take him to jail and that wasn't going to happen. I told him I was a chaplain and was there to help him. His whole demeanor changed in about two seconds. I calmed him down, got him to a soup kitched and helped him clean himself up. All in all, I'd say it served me well.

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     I currently work for a collge Public Safety Department. We have limited powers of arrest in our jurisdiction, but the locals always respect us and for the most part, ask us to take care of our own business. During my time with this department I received certification as an Emergency Services Chaplain. My superiors don't think it serves a valid purpose in this enviroment, as you can't be seen endorsing one religion over another in this kind of enviroment. I understand that, however, I am a multi-faith minister outside of work, so I cater to all faiths. I have no problem speaking to Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc.  My question is this: does your department have a chaplain avalible? What kind of role do they play, i.e. offier involved use of force incidents, death notofications, etc.? And would you reccomend that other departments use these individuals as an asset?


     I can say that in my regualr patrol duties, I've used this title and training on several occasions to my benefit to de-escilate situations that could have gond bad very quickly. One man squared off with me because he was high and homeless. He said I was just there to take him to jail and that wasn't going to happen. I told him I was a chaplain and was there to help him. His whole demeanor changed in about two seconds. I calmed him down, got him to a soup kitched and helped him clean himself up. All in all, I'd say it served me well.



Our department does not have a "resident" chaplain as I have seen in other departments.  We have at our disposal, a "Chaplain Corp" that serves the city police department and city fire department in addition to our own.  There are currently approximately 10 chaplains who actively ride out with all three agencies and are at our disposal should we need one.  I think they provide an invaluable service regardless of faith or denomination.  None of them are of my faith but all have similar beliefs and values and I would not hesitate to call on one should the need arise.


As an example of their service, I was assisting the county sheriff's department, along with two other allied agencies.  Turns out, I found out that I knew the victim and his father who began asking me for details as to his son's condition.  Initially I had no knowledge but at some point, I had found out that the victim did not survive his shooting related injuries.  Since it was not my crime scene or case, I referred him to the deputy on scene to make family notification as to the death.  Had I known just how this was going to go down, I think I would have done it a little differently to say the least.  We had to run the father down before he ran into traffic.  After I was able to calm him somewhat, I asked if the deputy had access to their chaplains.  It had not occurred to him to call for one prior.  Anywho, the chaplain responded and was able to provide services that as LEO, we are not necessarily in a position to provide.


I think your department needs to look at other departments who have chaplain services and ask them if they are an asset and how much they are appreciated in times of need to the officers and community and then maybe reassess.

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I hate to be the one to tell you this...but.....you said your a "multi-faith minister," um...are you aware that devout muslims consider there to be ONE god and ONLY one god and that he is Allah? I don't think your devout muslim would appreciate you actually telling them (should they ask) that you "Cater to all faiths." In fact, they may call you an, "Infidel." Maybe not directly to your face. But when they look down for a few seconds and look right back at you again and you see that something in their eyes....well............it may actually be them exploding within themselves under restraint. Goodluck  to you!



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I believe a chaplain is a necessary part of the Police family.When I came on the job we had none and had hired two by the time I retired.A female friend of mine ,who worked as an I.D. Tech and I formed a bible club.She Catholic and I,a Baptist..So many attended that I believe the city saw a need for this and hired chaplains.After twenty seven years as a leo,I retired and have now been a Baptist minister for sixteen years.I look back on those days with fond memories and the companionship shared by all.