Grove Police Department and The Grove Area Ministerial Alliance sponsored a Law Enforcement Chaplain Training for local ministers, police officers and VIP's. According to Grove Police Chief Mark Morris, the training was geared toward area ministers. They had 18 ministers attend the all day training on Aug. 8 and half day on Aug. 9.
"Training included an over view of the chaplaincy program. We have had a good one for many years. This training was about revitalizing and making changes, which is certainly a great resource to the community,"
said Chief Morris.
The trainer of the program, Chaplain James M. Salo, was a police patrol officer for five years in Colorado before going into the ministry of police chaplaincy. He served as a local church pastor, evangelist, and speaker for various events. He has been a Chaplain starting out with the Colorado Springs Police Dept. and various departments since the last 18 years with the Michigan State Police.
Topics covered included the duties of a police chaplain, the best and worst of police chaplaincy, death notification, the first 48 hours, critical incident/crisis response ministry, confidentiality in police chaplaincy, stress management for cops, the law enforcement family, and at the end a chaplain's discussion forum.
"This training was a great way for everyone involved to learn how to deal with stress," said Morris. The Law Enforcement Chaplain Training states that officers encounter more than traffic stops, intervening in disputes, dealing with people who break the law and helping victims of crime as well as accidents. Officers also encounter more difficult circumstances such as suicide, motor vehicle fatalities, serious domestic disturbances and the like.
Law enforcement chaplains are specially trained to complement the officer in the difficult as well as the routine, by attending to those who need someone to help them through a difficult time so officers can take care of their responsibilities and return to patrol.
Also, it states, more importantly that Law Enforcement Chaplains are there to give a confidential ear to the
officer who needs to vent. The $25 training was paid by each individual participant.
The American Police Chaplain's Association (APCA) was started in 2007 by Chaplain Salo, who had a dream as a cop in the seventies to see that all cops had a copy of the New Testament. His desire was that they would get to know the God of the Bible, who gave us our jobs in the first place. (Romans 13) A police career following God's principles would work the best in giving every law officer in America a long and fulfilling career.
APCA states that after 34 years in law enforcement, that dream has come true with the help of Chaplain Jim's fellow officers, who now serve on the Board of Directors. APCA now has chaplains all across America.