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Chaplaincy Program

Springfield Township Police Department

Chaplaincy Program

What Police Chaplains Do:

  • Counsel members of the law enforcement community, sworn and non-sworn, and their families
  • Visit sick and injured officers and departmental personnel in home and hospital
  • Make death notifications
  • Teach officers in areas such as stress management, ethics, family life, pre-retirement courses
  • Serve as liaison with other clergy in the community
  • Provide for the spiritual needs of prisoners
  • Furnish expert answers for religious questions
  • Offer prayers at special occasions such as: recruit graduations, awards ceremonies, dedication of buildings
  • Serve as part of the Crisis Response Team
  • Assist at suicide incidents
  • Serve on review boards, awards boards, and other committees
  • Deal with transients and the homeless
  • Purpose

    During the performance of their duties, Springfield Township police officers encounter situations where follow-up is needed for victims. Extended involvement by officers in those cases keeps them away from other urgent calls. In response to this growing demand, the position of Chaplain was established to serve not only the general public, but the department.

    Our Chaplain offers spiritual guidance to officers and their families. During ride-alongs and other times of contact, the Chaplain develops relationships with officers that help forge links of communication in times of crisis.

    Sometimes police officers are called into situations where they sense a spiritual counselor would be helpful. Initial police assistance in such situations is important, but extended involvement keeps the officer away from other urgent situations.

    The Police Chaplain is an aid to our officers and the people of Springfield Township. The service provides spiritual guidance, counseling, comfort in times of crisis, and such physical help as the Chaplains are equipped to give on an emergency basis.

    Services include putting people in contact with the appropriate agencies to help them in times of difficulty and need. Sometimes a “ministry of presence” is all that’s required. Our Chaplains are trained extensively through the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and must continually participate in on-going training classes.

    International Conference of Police Chaplains

  • The International Conference of Police Chaplains supports volunteer and paid chaplains, and helps law enforcement agencies develop chaplaincy programs.
  • The ICPC provides its members with educational opportunities in training seminars and materials.
  • A network of mutual support helps disseminate and share information.
  • Assistance is given to law enforcement agencies seeking to start or improve their chaplaincy program.
  • Was founded in 1973
  • Has members in all 50 states of the USA, 7 provinces of Canada, and in 18 other countries
  • Is ecumenical
  • Is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation (gifts are tax deductible in the U.S.)
  • History

    Since January 2004, the Springfield Township Police Chaplaincy Program has seen two chaplains. The concept of a police chaplain was discussed among the officers themselves, who over time have come to understand, appreciate, and rely on the counsel, presence, and friendship of the chaplain. Our Chaplaincy program is, like many, a service and ministry of prayer and presence to both the officers and to the community at large. While primarily designed to assist the personal needs and interests of our officers, the benefit of a police chaplain extends well into the community in many ways. After seeing what chaplains do and can accomplish both officers and community have come to appreciate, respect, and support the concept of a police chaplain. Springfield Township is proud to have joined other surrounding and local police agencies that have police chaplains in service to the officers and residents of our communities.

    Chief’s Statement

    The Springfield Township Police Department implemented the Police Chaplaincy Program on January 14, 2004. Chaplains have attended the International Conference of Police Chaplains for professional certification of law enforcement chaplains. Our Chaplaincy Program has been a huge success to our agency and community.

    Chaplains volunteer numerous hours and work a variety of shifts with all officers. They display confidentiality, understanding, credibility and enthusiasm within our agency.

    These actions have resulted in a comfort zone with all of our officers. They not only are an asset to our agency but also to our community. They represent a gentle, and caring “pastoral heart.” I feel that the police department and community have benefitted since the initiation of our chaplaincy program.

    Chief Matthew R. Mohn

    Contacting the Chaplain

    The Springfield Township Police Chaplain can be contacted through our main offices at 3475 E. South Range Road, or by calling the office at 330-542-2377, extension 148. In case of emergency, the chaplain can be reached by calling 330-542-2895.

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