The Crestview Police Department established a volunteer chaplains’ program in 2008. This program is designed to provide spiritual guidance and non-therapeutic counseling to members of the police department (sworn and non-sworn) and their families in a time of need. It is not intended that any of the chaplains replace an individual’s spiritual adviser, but because of their experience and training they have a fairly firm grasp of the challenges that most law enforcement persons face. They may offer insights and assistance unique to law enforcement personnel.
Our chaplains strive to provide an ecumenical presence, spiritual guidance, non-therapeutic counseling, comfort in time of crisis, informational seminars, and parties in support of the law enforcement community. They have also been called upon to lend assistance to victims of crime and tragedy in the community. It is their privilege to assist officers when making death notifications, or aiding persons of the community when a loved one dies unexpectedly.
“Please, don’t ever, even for a moment, think that an officer is being uncaring in the midst of a critical situation. They wouldn’t be there if they didn’t care or want to do their utmost to help you in your situation. While providing assistance, they need to set aside their emotional reactions so they can do what needs to be done. But when the crisis has passed, the emotions come to life – and officers hurt just as much as any other human being.” Chaplain Mark Broadhead, 2014 Annual Memorial Service