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Connects Against Crime: Iowa City Police Take Applications for Department Chaplains

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 10:23 AM CDT

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Iowa City Police Officer Adam Schmerbach spends most of his work day on the road. 

"Look for suspicious activity, people doing what their not suppose to do, being in places they shouldn't be," Schmerbach said.
Sargeant Troy Kelsay meantime is hammering away at work in the office. 

"I'm assigned as the training and accredidation sargeant," says Kelsay. 

Part of his job is to make sure the department stays compliant statewide and nationally.
But he also spearheads new department programs and his newest endeavor is an open call for Police Chaplains.

"There's a huge emotional or spiritual void or need that needs to be filled," Kelsay said. 

Just like joining the force there's a process to becoming a Police Chaplain and it starts with  filling out an application. 
The Chaplains are volunteers that will assist officers with natural disasters, delivering bad news to families, and helping violent crime victims and that's just the beginning.
"Those are situations where the traditional police officer is more action oriented, goes in, what can I do to put a bandaid to stabilize it but then I need to move on to the next call for service," says Kelsay. 
The department hopes the program at some point will have enough Chaplains to ride along with officers on the street.
That way, whether there's a victim or suspect an emotional and spiritual officer is there.
If you would like to volunteer to be an Iowa City Police Chaplain you can pick up an application at the Iowa City Police Department.

Connects Against Crime: Iowa City Police Take Applications for Department Chaplains

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