Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chaplain Program

On Monday and Tuesday, October 19th and 20th, 2015, Captain Rabboh, Imam Muhammad Tahir of Masjid Al-Aisha and Reverend Verardo Acosto of Nuevo Amanecer attended the Police Chaplain Program in Ridgewood, NJ.

The Police Chaplain Program creates a partnership with various faith-based leaders of a community to respond and assist police and other law enforcement agencies and first responders, providing an overall better quality to the citizens of cities and communities. The goal is that by having the Police and Clergy working together during times of crisis or incidents that a more comprehensive response will be given to those in need. The faith-based leaders will perform tasks of a more emotional, social or spiritual nature while the officers handles those tasks that are of a law enforcement nature.

The role of the Chaplain is to be the ‘balancer.’ The Police Chaplain is to provide support for Police Officers, their families and civilians in their needs. Chaplains are there to provide appropriate assistance, advice, comfort, counsel and referrals to those in need who may request support.

The Bergenfield Police Department is excited to reintroduce the Police Chaplain Program. The program will benefit the members of the department as well as the members of the community. With the reintroduction of the Police Chaplain Program, we look forward to continuing and improving our already healthy relationship with the community and assisting them in their times of need or assistance.

Congratulations to Imam Muhammad Tahir and Reverend Verardo Acosta. Thank you for taking the time to attend the program.

The BPD Administration will be holding meetings semi-annually with all Clergy in town. All who wish to attend are invited. The first meeting will be held on November 17, 2015 at 7 P.M. in Borough Hall. For more information, contact Captain Rabboh at 201-387-4000 Ext. 4002.

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