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Chaplain Unit

The Chaplain Unit was formed on January 24, 2007 as a support unit to the members of the KRPF, both officer and civilian and their immediate families. This continues to be an important aspect of the Unit but they have since evolved into an emergency response resource for officers dealing with civilians in crisis who might benefit from the services of a chaplain. They respond to Sudden Deaths (at the request of the officer in charge or the survivors) and they do many of the Next of Kin death notifications in company with a regular officer.

The Chaplain Unit increased to four members in late 2011. All are currently ordained or licensed Christian clergy, representing four different denominations. (It should be noted that the program is not limited to Christians only.) The current members of the unit are all volunteers who act as chaplains with the permission and support of their own denominational governing bodies. They are appointed directly by the Chief of the KRPF and are also sworn auxiliary officers under the NB Police Act. They report through the Lead Chaplain to the Deputy-Chief.

All the Chaplains are trained in counselling and between them have more than 100 years of experience. They also take the Auxiliary Officer Training Program although they do not act as Auxiliary. The Chaplains do participate in all the regular training days of the force with one of the chaplains being the Force's in-house first aid instructor partnered with one of the members of the ETS Unit. One Chaplain is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and is on the Saint John Response Team of the CISM NB through the Regional Community Mental Health Centre with another chaplain in training. A Chaplain sits on the Board of the Kennebecasis Valley Outreach. The Lead Chaplain also lectures annually at the Atlantic Police Academy on Chaplaincy and other related topics. The Chaplains also act as backup to the Victim Services Section and work closely in a support role to Community Services. The Chaplains also take responsibility for Emergency Preparedness and one of them serves as an officer at a District Emergency Operations Centre.

The Kennebecasis Valley has a very high percentage of people of faith from many religions. The Chaplain Unit attempts to maintain contact with every faith group they come across in the valley. The Chaplain Unit regularly hosts events, workshops, and seminars for area clergy and faith leaders to help them know better the police who serve the community. They can also provide a guest speaker for schools, community organisations, faith groups, etc. on any aspect of the Chaplaincy Program. The Chaplain Unit is the host for the 20th Annual Training Seminar of the Canadian Police Chaplain Association to be held in the Saint John/Rothesay/Quispamsis area in October of 2013.

To reach a Chaplain phone (506) 847-6300 or email Lead Chaplain Gillies <peter.gillies@nbpolice.ca> or Twitter @KRPFChaplain.

Twitter: @KRPFChaplain