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The Police Chaplain Project digitally preserves and archives the words and wisdom of America’s police chaplains. Featuring some of the most accomplished police chaplains of the past 50 years, this ever expanding video archive preserves ideas and knowledge that can lead to learning, action, and positive change.
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3:56

Chaplain Mindi : My First Days on the Job

One of the first female police chaplains, Senior Chaplain Mindi Russell describes navigating the unchartered waters during her first days on the job.
5:10

“If you lose control, you don’t get it back.”

Police Chaplains we have to be the calm in the middle of the storm. Much of this comes down to planning. Chaplain Andy Toopes discusses the importance of planning for critical incidents.
7:43

Does Confronting Death on the Job Change with Age?

Chaplain Rabbi Marie Betcher sheds light on how death impacts officers differently at various stages in their career.
1:21

The Power of Putting a Name to Someone’s Grief

Police chaplains remind us to use the name of the deceased, as it helps those in mourning recall the person's presence and confirms that they have not, and will not, be forgotten. Chaplain Terry Morgan also recalls helping a family by giving a name to their grief.
4:09

The Common Thread That Unites Police Officers

Police Chaplain Mary Rae discusses what makes officers tick.
5:25

Have a Plan in Place

Chaplain Andy Toopes discusses the importance of planning for critical incidents.
2:53

How to Keep Police Memorials from Becoming Routine

John draws on the wisdom accumulated over his 30 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he coordinated over 80 police funeral and memorial services. He urges police leaders to get out in front of the ultimate crisis we in law enforcement face.
4:21

How to Juggle Serving on the City Council and as a Police Chaplain

Chaplain Mary Rae of the Whitney Police Department threads the needle of wearing multiple hats in her small community. (Surprise ending)
3:05

Rediscovering My Brother

Chaplain Steve Rekedal the unexpected grace he found in sharing artifacts from his brother's life with his own children.
5:54

Keeping a Diary

Chaplain Rabbi Mari Betcher discuss her first days as a police chaplain and how keeping a journal helped her navigate the spiritual challenges of the new profession.
2:32

The Tenant is Gone

Chaplain Andy Toopes discusses faith and his ability to deal with death. Chaplain Toopes received the John Price Award from the International Conference of Police Chaplains in 1998 and has served with the Arkansas State Police, Saline County Sheriffs Dept, ATF and DEA.
1:28

“Taking the Next Step” Amid Rash of Suicides

Senior Chaplain Cyndee Thomas discusses finding a way forward amid a rash of local suicides in Shasta County. Chaplain Thomas serves is Secretary and Past President at International Conference of Police Chaplains
2:15

How to Make Certain Chaplains Report into the Command Post

Retired army and police chaplain Jack Poe supervised countless volunteers following the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
6:24

Putting His Gift for Connecting to Greater Purpose

Past President of the International Conference of Police Chaplains, Chaplain Wesley McDuffie, discusses his career in chaplaincy and how he put his gifts from childhood to a greater purpose
1:39

Telling My Daughter the “Story of the Day”

Chaplain Virginia Howell shares her "story of the day" at the end of each shift with her daughter. She also underscores the risks them come with the job.
1:24

Rescuing Police Officers from Cynicism

Cynicism is an inherent part of police culture. Helping law enforcement officers limit thinking about work once their shift has ended is one of the biggest challenges for a police chaplain. It is unrealistic to believe that it can be turned off completely; however, it must not always be at the forefront of the officer’s life. Chaplain Terry Morgan discusses giving officers a perspective that may otherwise be lacking.
15:26

How the World has Changed Since First Becoming a Chaplain

Police Chaplain Ken Ashlock discusses his long career in chaplaincy. He has served the community as Chaplain of the Garland Police Department, Garland Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers and Garland Emergency Corps.
2:57

Some Departments Will Not Even Buy Their Police Chaplains a Uniform

Chaplain Terry Morgan discusses the how some agencies take chaplaincy for granted and offers reasons why a chaplain on staff is the best investment they can make.
3:29

“They have no idea what they are going to see.”

Retired army and police chaplain Jack Poe supervised countless volunteers following the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Here he talks how training prepares chaplains crisis events.
1:08

“You are talking to them about the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to them.”

Chaplain Andy Toopes reflects on power of chaplaincy and lifelong friendships forged in crisis.
1:55

Boundless Energy

Senior Chaplain Mindi Russell (Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento) and sister Senior Chaplain Cyndee Thomas (Secretary and Past President at International Conference of Police Chaplains) reflect on their childhood and dedication to the men and women of law enforcement.
0:53

The Event That Tested My Fortitude

Veteran police chaplain Ken Ashlock recalls his first day on the job and the event that tested his ability to persevere. Ashlock has served the community as Chaplain of the Garland Police Department, Garland Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers and Garland Emergency Corps.
13:01

A Unique Set of Skills

Chaplain William King III discusses the skills that a unique to police chaplaincy and the need for training. King is a chaplain for the Dickinson Police Department and pastor of Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
2:33

“If I could, I’d make them go away.”

Chaplain Rabbi Marie Betcher discusses what we have lost to our new "connected" mobile technologies and she offers a way forward. Chaplain Betcher is a police chaplain with the Austin Police Department.
4:09

My First Death Notification

Chaplain Rabbi Marie Betcher shares the first time she delivered a death notification. Chaplain Betcher is active in the interfaith communities in Austin and the surrounding cities. She serves the Austin Police Department and the Cedar Park Police and Fire Departments as a Chaplain and sits on the Board of Directors and is a performer for Swan Songs (fulfils musical wishes for the dying).
2:49

When the Nightmare is Real: How Pros Deal Real World Ordeals with Chaplain Terry Morgan

Chaplain Terry Morgan explains how he and other chaplains confront the terrifying images that most of us only dream about.
1:17

When Race is a Barrier

Chaplain Wesley McDuffie discusses how race can sometimes play a role in his ability to connect. He shares a his simple, gracious response. He is past President of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.
1:13

The Call that Changed Me

Chaplain Terry Morgan recalls a crime scene that struck too close to home.
1:50

What is it like to have someone shoot at you?

Combat veteran, Marine Sergeant, now police chaplain Rick Bulman talks about being under fire and the advice he gives police officers.
1:58

Parallel Lives: Mindi Russell & Cyndee Thomas

Senior Chaplain Mindi Russell (Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento) and sister Senior Chaplain Cyndee Thomas (Secretary and Past President at International Conference of Police Chaplains) reflect on their childhood and dedication to the men and women of law enforcement.
3:53

The First Ten Minutes

Independent Chaplain Steve Rekedal discusses how to stay focused on the grief of the person who has experienced a loss.
0:01

A Chaplain’s Place in the World

Chaplain David Fair tells us that chaplains who go forth into the world will find that the need is great, but they will also find grace in being able to help.
5:29

When a Chaplain Needs a Chaplain

Police chaplains must occasionally check in with each other. It is part of keeping themselves mentally and spiritually prepared. Here Chaplain Andy Toopes shares the many forms this debriefing takes.
2:52

Avoiding Becoming a 911 Burden Durning a Crisis

Chaplain David Fair urges citizens not to become a part of the problem during an natural disaster. The Texas Department of Public Safety honored Chaplain Fair for the many years of service he has provided to the Department of Public Safety’s Chaplain program. Chaplain Fair has spent many years serving the state troopers and others in the community and across the state of Texas.
0:51

One of Police Chaplaincy’s True Pioneers Reflects on the Professional

When Ken Ashlock first started as a police chaplain, not many citizens had ever heard of one. Today, because of trailblazers like Chaplain Ashlock, that has changed. He has served the community as Chaplain of the Garland Police Department, Garland Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers and Garland Emergency Corps.
2:06

Copy of A Horse Whisperer Shares His Insights into People

Lifelong Texas rancher Jay T Rabon puts intuition and observation to work whether he is working with a horse or lending spiritual support to friend.
7:25

Why Do Some Departments Not Use Police Chaplains?

Police Chaplain Andy Toopes dispels some of the reason department have for not implementing a chaplaincy program.
2:15

How Make Certain Chaplains Report into the Command Post

Retired army and police chaplain Jack Poe supervised countless volunteers following the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
10:18

One week later: Spiritual Update from Sutherland Springs, Texas

Chaplain Mary Rae of the Whitney Police Department travelled to Sutherland Springs, Texas to assist survivors from First Baptist Church shooting. Mary spoke with ChaplainUSA President Chaplain David Fair about the experience.
3:34

Helping those returning from Las Vegas

Veteran police chaplain Dave Fair​ shares some insights on how to engage and help heal those returning from Las Vegas.
3:33

Texas Bravado & Facing Down Hurricane Harvey

Chaplain Andy Toopes offers some timely insights into responding to the spiritual needs of those impacted by a natural disaster.
2:16

How to Spot a Fake Police Chaplain

Timely advice for Hurricane Harvey first responders. Retired army and police chaplain Jack Poe supervised countless volunteers following the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. In this interview for the Police Chaplain Project, Poe offers timely advice for Hurricane Harvey first responders: How to Spot a Fake Chaplain How Make Certain Chaplains Report into the Command Post Why Preparation is So Critical
0:36

Sometimes You Never Say a Word

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2:19

When the Nightmare is Real: How Chaplains Deal Real World Ordeals with Chaplain Terry Morgan

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1:02

Where I Am Suppose to Be

Chaplain Rick Bulman shares how confident he was that he was called to his work in chaplaincy. Rick has been the Western Washington Coordinator of Point Man Ministries and a ministry to veterans who deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
0:01

Law Enforcement Chaplaincy is Not for Everyone.

Much like the eye of a hurricane, a police chaplain must be that place of calm compassion on the scene of a horrific trauma. Chaplain Terry Morgan explains how demeanor is critical to being able to help others in crisis.
1:50

“You never retire from it. You will always be a chaplain in some way.”

Chaplain Andy Toopes reflects on a life in police chaplaincy and the how it has brought spiritual fulfillment.
1:56

Chaplains Helping Chaplains

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