The Chatham-Kent Police Service has 9 police chaplains from various denominations. Police chaplains are ordained ministers who volunteer their time and talents to assist the Chatham-Kent Police Service and the community as a whole. Police chaplains are often called upon to assist uniformed officers in conducting death notifications, providing counselling to victims and offer support and counselling to the police service members and their families. They also offer religious ceremonies and prayers for special occasions such as award ceremonies, recruit graduation and memorial services.
Police officers are confronted with many situations that demoralize and create emotional, mental and spiritual stress to them and their loved ones. An officer or their family member may need to discuss his or her problems with someone who understands what he or she is experiencing yet is detached enough not to be emotionally involved or in a position that might affect the officer’s career. Likewise an officer may encounter a situation or a need in the community that he or she may not be prepared to deal with. Police chaplains, due to their vocation, life experience and training, offer valuable support and insight in assisting police officers and their families and provide a much needed service to the community.
Police chaplains are on call 24 hours a day seven days a week on a rotating basis, and log countless hours providing outstanding service to the Chatham-Kent Police Service and the community. They are truly an integral part of this police service.