The Coal City, IL PD was recently awarded a grant supporting its chaplaincy program by the National Police Association.
The purpose of the funding is to ensemble chaplains with equipment that will make it easier for members of the public to identify them. The Department intends to use the funds to purchase badges, ID cards, business cards, jackets, polo shirts having clear identification, and badge/ID holders.
This equipment will be vital towards assisting the chaplains with identification during an incident or crisis involving the police. The public and the police alike will be able to identify the chaplains as non-sworn persons.
During a crisis or emergency, the police department and faith-based leaders are usually at the frontline of mitigating the challenges that arise. The Chaplaincy Program will provide a favorable framework for the Coal City Police Department and the Village of Coal City faith-based leaders to work together during times of crisis.
The Chaplaincy Program will assist in the identification and assessment of different critical situations. Faith-based leaders will play a critical role in administering advice on how emergencies should be dealt with. Members of the Coal City Police Department will proceed to implement interventions aimed at calming the grief, anxiety, or stress experienced by any member of the Village of Coal City.
The Chaplaincy Program takes the Villagers’ needs into account and includes those of the members of the Coal City Police Department. This program will effectively mitigate any adverse mental health impacts that members of the Village of Coal City might experience as a result of emergencies or crises.
Elderly Service Program
The current population of Coal City village is estimated at 5,500. The Coal City Police Department consists of 14 sworn personnel, from the lowest to the highest-ranking officer.
With the population of the Village of Coal City increasing, there is a need for the Coal City Police Department to establish meaningful and long-term collaborations with members of the public to ensure citizens’ continued safety and security.
In most towns and cities in the United States, the needs of elderly citizens are usually ignored or even they fail to be accorded adequate attention that they require. This is not the case with the Village of Coal City.
Thanks to the National Police Association, the now streamlined Chaplaincy Program has partnered with the Coal City Police Department Elderly Service Program. The National Police Association believes that this partnership will be critical towards providing an ardent support framework for senior citizens residing within the Village of Coal City.
On top of this, the Elderly Program, in collaboration with the Department’s Chaplaincy Program, will also deliver consultation, guidance, and amenity services for the locality’s seniors.
This partnership is a constituent of the city’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, whose primary goal is to focus on community-based monitoring initiatives and evaluate the overall police system. This is part of an effort by the National Police Association to improve the operations of police departments all over the country. The Village of Coal City has never been safer!
About National Police Association
The National Police Association (NPA) is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, EIN 82-0647764, founded to educate supporters of law enforcement in how to help police departments accomplish their goals. The National Poice Association works to bring national and local attention to the anti-police efforts challenging effective law enforcement, building public support for needed actions through public service announcements, legal filings, articles authored for the NPA by law enforcement experts, and the NPA Report. For additional information, please visit www.nationalpolice.org.