MPD Chaplain Corps Vision Statement
The Minneapolis Police Chaplaincy Corps believes that community policing has a positive impact on the community, enhances the quality of life in the community and recognizes the need for cooperation with the community it serves. Thus, the vision of the Minneapolis Police Chaplaincy Corps is to seek innovative ways to enhance this relationship, maximize resources and identify problems and concerns in the community.
In conjunction with the police department, the Chaplain Corps desires to search for practical solutions to these problems and concerns. Part of this collaboration is the establishment of a Police Chaplain Corps that is a multi-ethnic, religiously pluralistic service organization. The Corps endeavors to serve and assist the Minneapolis Police Department and the community regardless of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or familial status.
As part of this collaborative service, the Corps desires to:
- Provide spiritual and practical guidance, counsel, advice and support to all members of the Minneapolis Police Department, both sworn and civilian, and their families in time of need.
- Provide comfort, consolation and spiritual and practical advice and understanding to persons confronted with traumatic crisis or death as a result of a homicide, suicide or accident, including giving victims and survivors appropriate information and putting them in contact with the proper agencies to assist and support them.
- Act as a liaison between the religious community and the department. The function of this program will be to have chaplains serve as instruments of reconciliation with the public, hence benefiting both the department and the public and building positive and open relationships.
- Develop a religiously, ethnically and culturally diverse community of clergy and religious leaders to assist the MPD Chaplain Corps as a resource and service to the community as needed.
- Recruit, train, mentor and supervise community religious leaders of all faiths to act as MPD chaplains.
- Interact with the Minneapolis community in a constructive and compassionate manner in times of tragedy, conflict and crisis by providing a service of presence, education, tolerance, understanding, healing and hope.
- Develop a training program that is sensitive to the ever-changing, growing and diverse religious, ethnic and multi-cultural community of Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Police Chaplain Corps will service all who call for assistance as resources and time allow.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011