The Crestview Police Department established a Police Chaplain Program in 2008. Currently, the program consists of five volunteer chaplains: The Revs. Mark Broadhead, Paul Mixon, Jr., Geoff Prows, Bob Smith and Harry Tomlin.
The Chaplain Program was created to provide spiritual guidance and non-therapeutic counseling to all members of the police department (both sworn and civilian staff) and their families in times of need. It is not intended that the chaplains replace an individual’s personal spiritual advisor; however, because of their experience and special training, the chaplains have a fairly firm grasp of the challenges that most law enforcement members face. They are able to offer insights and assistance unique to law enforcement personnel.
The Crestview Police Department’s chaplains strive to provide an ecumenical presence, spiritual guidance, non-therapeutic counseling, comfort in time of crisis, informational seminars, and parties in support of the law enforcement community. They are also occasionally called upon to lend assistance to victims of crime and tragedy in the community and often accompany and assist officers tasked with making death notifications, or aid persons of the community when a loved one dies unexpectedly.
“Please, don’t ever, even for a moment, think that an officer is being uncaring in the midst of a critical situation. They wouldn’t be there if they didn’t care or want to do their utmost to help you in your situation. While providing assistance, they need to set aside their emotional reactions so they can do what needs to be done. But when the crisis has passed, the emotions come to life – and officers hurt just as much as any other human being.”
– Senior Chaplain Mark Broadhead, 2014 Annual Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Ceremony