The Corpus Christi Police Department is launching a new program aimed at meeting the counseling needs of officers and the public during times of crisis.
"It's a different type of church. Not just one we go to, a building," CCPD Senior Officer Chuck Freeman said. "Go out on the streets and you are seeing tragedy, grief in its freshness."
Freeman puts on his badge every day just like any other officer, but on his days off, he actually volunteers his time as a chaplain. He deals with a wide range of crisis situations, like homicide scenes and fatal accidents. He also offers advice to retired officers, and even answers relationship questions from newly married officers.
It's a demanding job, and that's why the department is now reaching out to the local clergy, hoping to form a new police chaplain corps.
"Here we're dealing with police officers who, in this profession is very demanding, Sometimes the tragedy can take a toll on them," Freeman said. "They need sometimes a shoulder they can go to."
The volunteers would be on-call for at least a year. The police department is looking to reach out to clergy of all faiths who have been ordained or are licensed throughout the state of Texas.
If you are interested, contact Freeman by sending him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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