When I start my tour of duty God,
Wherever crime may be,
as I walk the darkened streets alone,
Let me be close to thee.

Please give me understanding with both the young and old.
Let me listen with attention until their story's told.
Let me never make a judgment in a rash or callous way,
but let me hold my patience let each man have his say.

Lord if some dark and dreary night,
I must give my life,
Lord, with your everlasting love
protect my children and my wife.

(Author Unknown)

The Chaplain Divisioin was instituted in 1998, The Mt. Vernon Police Department Chaplain's Division is staffed by Senior Chaplain Dan Lovin. Dan has a wide range of experince and holds Advanced Certification in Critical Incident Stress Management, is a Certified Trauma Service Specialist and holds endorsements in corporate and disaster relief chaplaincy as well as law enforcement.

The mission of the Mt. Vernon Police Department Chaplain Division is to enhance the delivery and quality of law enforcement services by ministering to the officers and employees of the department in times of personal need and crisis in their lives. By leading the lost to Christ and helping Christian officers grow in their relasionship to Christ, they are strengthened and moral improves.

The Chaplain Division works to accomplish this goal by simply being there as a Christian friend and meeting needs one-on-one. The most important ingredient of the program is the love of God shown through the Chaplains themselves. Believing that god is the answer to man's dilemma, the Chaplains stands ready to bear witness to the forgiving love and redeeming power of God to all people confronted with crisis. The Chaplain Division seeks to serve mankind and honor God. "In as much as you have done it to the least of these, my brothers, you have done it unto me." Each day the members of the Police Department Chaplain Division are busy living out that commandment.

Link to the International Conference of Police Chaplains

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