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Police chaplains from several states and Canada to gather in Janesville

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Police chaplains serve an important role, offering a caring, loving presence during times of tragedy.  They work both with police departments and the communities those departments serve, offering spiritual guidance without judgement.  Chaplains say their goal is to serve, not to preach, to help people of all races, genders, religions and economic backgrounds.

They assist law enforcement when an officer is killed in the line of duty, and communities who may be dealing with a mass casualty situation.  They are often trained in suicide response and frequently work with officers when a family member is told a loved one has passed away.

This March, more than 150 chaplains from several state and Canada will be honing their skills and training together in Janesville.  The upcoming conference, March 10-12 features a variety of sessions, including information on how a local, state or federal law enforcement agency can start a chaplaincy program.

Click here for more information and above to hear Officer Paul McBride and Pastor Daniel Grimes talk about the work of chaplains.

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