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Law Enforcement Today | July 23, 2016

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Police Chaplain

kenneth wise

I became a police chaplain in 1995.  I have always believed that when you have a calling in your life, you should answer it.   I have served as a chaplain for public housing security officers in the Oklahoma City area and then moved on to serving as a chaplain with the Sheriff’s Department.

In 2010, I was certified by FEMA as a First Responder chaplain. I would encourage all police chaplains to press on to this certification. Most recently, I have served as a chaplain at the Mid America Christian University Police Department.  None of this has been easy, but all of it has been rewarding.

What have I done as a chaplain?  I have comforted those who need it. I am a friend to officers who need a friend.  My dual training as both a minister of Gospel and a police officer has given me a perspective from both sides of the house.

We live in a fallen world with more stresses than ever before.   Talking with a police chaplain, sharing with someone who will keep your confidence can help you lay your burden down.  Officers are tasked with more stressful issues than ever before.  Chaplains are a great resource to help relieve some of that stress.

For those of you who have been called to serve as God’s warriors, please continue to answer the call.  Many of our brothers and sisters out there need to know about our Lord and Savior and that they have a Comforter in Him!   If you are a Christian, don’t let anything that happens deter you spreading the news about God’s love and protection for us cops!

For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.  Romans 13:3-4

God bless you guys!


  1. Seems we have quite similar qualifications. It is my opinion that to effectively address the needs of first responders, experience in the field as a firefighter or police officer is critically important.

  2. God bless all of you; Police Chaplains/Police Officers. I hold you in my highest esteem. I don’t know how you do it. With Love in Him, Margaret

  3. “I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand
    and says to you, “Do not fear;
    I will help you.” -Isaiah 41:13
    Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” -John 14:1
    Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
    I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27

  4. God has given me two callings — that of His ordained warrior (police officer — Romans 13:1-4) AND as a police chaplain/ministry leader ( Ours is truly a mission field. That said, the two roles do not have to be set apart. There are in fact many chaplains who are also cops and I consider it my life’s honor to serve and protect not only the sheep but also my fellow sheepdogs.
    Det. Sgt. M.C. Williams
    Chaplain/Director, The Centurion Law Enforcement Ministry
    National Board VP, Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers

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