The Crestview Police Department established a Police Chaplain Program in 2008. Currently, the program consists of three volunteer chaplains: The Revs. Mark Broadhead and Edwin Stallworth.
The Chaplain Program was created to provide spiritual guidance, non-therapeutic counseling, and self-care seminars to all members of the police department (both sworn and civilian staff) and their families in times of need. It is not intended that the chaplains replace an individual’s personal spiritual advisor; however, because of their experience and specialized training, the chaplains have a fairly firm grasp of the challenges that most law enforcement members face. They are able to offer insights and assistance unique to law enforcement personnel.
The Crestview Police Department’s chaplains are also called upon to lend assistance to victims of crime and tragedy in the community, will often accompany and assist officers tasked with making death notifications, and support persons of the community when a loved one dies unexpectedly.
“Please, don’t ever, even for a moment, think that officers are 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.” ~ Senior Chaplain Rev. Mark Broadhead.