Murfreesboro police taking applications for new chaplain program

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Murfreesboro police announced they have started a Police Chaplain Program as a new way to bring the community together with the department.

Chief Karl Durr says the main goal is to bring leaders in the community together before any kind of serious event occurs.

The aim is for the department to rely on them for assistance, whether it be delivering tragic news to a family or simply acting as a familiar face to both officers and the community.

“I have seen instances where community members felt comfortable asking questions to the Chaplain but not necessarily to an officer. The Chaplain was able to bring down the wall and help both the community and the officer better understand the situation,” the chief said in a press release.

Murfreesboro police say other agencies using a chaplain program have reported positive benefits.

“The scenes the officers respond to are sometimes catastrophic, and both the officers and the family of the victim who needs someone to lean on and talk to. This program is a step in that direction,” Durr stated.

They are currently taking applications for the volunteer position. Click here to apply.