Crestview police chaplains program serves officers and crime victims

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The Crestview Police Department's senior chaplain, the Rev. Mark Broadhead, second from left, chats with police dispatcher Toni Register, left, officer Wanda Hulion and her husband Mark.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

CRESTVIEW — In addition to caring for their own flocks, two local ministers tend to a flock on the side.

Its members wear blue.

The Rev. Mark Broadhead, pastor of the Laurel Hill and Crestview Presbyterian churches, established the Crestview Police Department’s volunteer chaplains program in 2008.

Broadhead built the Crestview program as an informal chaplaincy headed by a former officer, Sgt. Dave Bracewell, a local pastor and the then-Crestview SWAT team sniper.

Joining Broadhead as the second police chaplain is the Rev. Paul Mixon, pastor of Out of This World Ministries in Crestview. Both have credentials through the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

Chaplain training

"Training is needed by non-law enforcement chaplains to understand how to respond to the officers, to be an asset to them, and not be a liability," Broadhead said.

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