Lakeland Police Department sends five chaplains to the 46th annual International Conference of Police Chaplains, July 22 to 26, 2019 in Wichita, Kansas.
In attendance are Master Chaplain John Ingrassia, Master Chaplain Greg Robinson, Basic Chaplain Bob Johnson, Chaplain Britt Franklin, Chaplain Steve Morrow. The conference offers 70 courses from basic level, intermediate and advanced levels such as Intro to Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, and Pastoral Crisis Intervention.
In addition, a Peace Officer’s Memorial Service was held for all officers, K9’s and Law Enforcement Chaplains that have died in the last year due to line of duty or related incidents. Eight officers and two K9’s died from Florida.
The key note speaker was fellow Chaplain Kevin White from Stockton, Ca, whose brother, Sergeant Timothy White also of the Stockton Police Department, died after being beaten by a criminal during an arrest. A year earlier he had had a conversation with a family that their nine year old daughter had been killed by a terrorist.
He remembered a comment made by the father; it was, “I don’t know what good will come out of the death of my daughter but I have no doubt that God will use it for His Glory.” The speaker had everyone in tears after he said the same about his brother. “I am not sure what good will come out of the death of my brother but I have no doubt, he will use it for His Glory.” He started a survivors group meeting in his church and it now has over a hundred survivors of violent crimes attending.
Chaplains are called to serve, wherever that may be. I am humbled by the 2500 members of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and the service provided to Law Enforcement officers, their families and victims of violent crime. God Bless them one and all.