Crestview police chaplains program serves officers and crime victims

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

Prospective chaplains must complete 12 basic courses with a minimum of 35 classroom hours to reach the first level of credentialing, Broadhead said.

He has an additional 36 hours of training in critical incident stress management, which prepares chaplains and emergency responders for major traumas such as line-of-duty death, a mass shooting or a community-wide catastrophe.

Chaplains' duties include accompanying officers on patrol and helping them defuse domestic situations.

They also help officers make death notifications and serve as intermediaries among the police, residents and support agencies such as the Trauma Intervention Program.

"And I listen to venting," Broadhead said. "But there's not so much anymore, though."

However, following last year’s dismissal of former Chief Brian Mitchell and one of his majors, Broadhead said there was "lots of venting."

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