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Area law enforcement agencies hosting special chaplaincy training in July

Bryan Police and area agencies are hosting special training in July.
Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 4:50 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Law enforcement agencies in Brazos County are looking for ways to build more bridges with the community. Next month special chaplaincy training is happening at the Bryan Police Department.

Bryan Police currently have seven chaplains, but they’d like more.

“When something tragic does come up that we can be here for our local law enforcement, to listen to them or to go to scene and pray for them and for the families involved in any kind of event,” said Rev. Jennifer Webber, Bryan Police Department Chaplain.

Webber works in full-time ministry as the Lead Pastor of Contemporary Worship and is an Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Bryan.

She also felt the calling to serve with law enforcement and is the newest chaplain at Bryan Police Department.

They and other agencies hope to reach out to those of various faiths and ask them to consider serving in ministry with police.

“It’s not only just to develop chaplains for police departments. It’s to help bridge a gap between the community and the department’s,” said Sgt. Ryan Bona of the Bryan Police Department. He is coordinating upcoming training for clergy.

The training is a six hour class that’s approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

“It’s a basic introduction to the program. It does not mean that you’re going to be a police chaplain the day that you graduate. What it is, it’s just a way for you to maybe have a little better understanding of what law enforcement does and how you can join,” Bona said.

College Station Police currently have five chaplains with room for 10,

During a time of increased scrutiny on policing, chaplains can also listen and work with the public.

“We certainly think so and a lot of that stuff is confidential so we don’t know what officers are utilizing their services and what they’re talking about. But it’s a resource and we all have issues and problems,” said Lt. Scott Simpson, (Ret.), College Station Police Department Volunteer Coordinator Assistant.

“For me it’s just an opportunity to live out my faith. It’s beyond writing a sermon on Sunday mornings. It’s getting to know the people who protect and serve us,” said Webber.

That training is happening with classes scheduled July 16 and 17 at Bryan P.D.

The cost is $59 per person.

If you’d like more information about the training or to sign up contact Sergeant Ryan Bona at (979) 209-5454 or email bonar@bryantx.gov

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