Law Enforcement Chaplains provide "round-the-clock" availability, accessibility, and confidentiality. Our primary objectives are two-fold: to support law enforcement families in professional and personal crises assist in serving the local communities they serve and protect in times of crisis and tragedies.
GPD Has a Chaplain
Chaplains are routinely called upon to respond to scenes with law enforcement officers where a critical incident or death has occurred, and to offer emotional and spiritual support to traumatized and grieving family members. This service requires an incredible amount of observation, sensitivity, and composure, on top of years of training and preparation for this work.
Because of the unique identity and position that the Chaplain holds, people in crisis identify me as a person who is safe, trustworthy, compassionate, and grounded. I can offer a sense of stability in a moment of utter chaos and unpredictability. Additionally, I can serve as a helpful resource and point of contact for any necessary follow-up or referrals for assistance.
When on a call for service, I am not there to investigate, pass judgment, distract, or disrupt the officers. I aim to assist as requested and complement the work that they perform. What I can offer is a calming presence, my attention, a connection to local resources, and immediate short-term pastoral care and counsel, if requested. I desire to help get you the assistance that you need and request; regardless of your gender, race, religion, age, lifestyle, residency, and circumstances. All Chaplaincy services are available at no cost to the individuals, families, town, or department.
Can a Chaplain Assist Me With
There is but one ultimate commission for a Chaplain; through our presence, a sense of comfort, order, and peace can be brought into a time of chaos.
My goal, when working alongside our police officers out in the community, is to offer an additional helping hand, through the ministry of presence. As I walk alongside each individual (or family), I can help to assure them that they don't have to face their pain or challenging circumstances alone.
As an ordained member of the clergy and member of the Goffstown Police Department, this is the unique service that I can provide for people in distress. It is not that I can take the pain away or solve all their problems, but that I can offer the peaceful presence of comfort, hope, understanding, and encouragement amidst the chaos.
I can also serve as a liaison and confidential point of contact between citizens and local resources. I often refer citizens to local organizations to meet a variety of needs, such as:
- Shelter, food, clothing, heating assistance
- Teen Issues
- Veterans' services
- Relationship issues
- Abuse: Physical, sexual, emotional, financial, spiritual
- Depression and anxiety
- Alcohol abuse
- Substance abuse
- Mental health needs
- Aging parents
- Respite care
- Suicide prevention
- Suicide survivor after-care
- Post-traumatic stress
- Stress management
- Grief and Loss
- Victim services
- Funeral arrangements