The unexpected death of a loved one is a traumatic experience for families and friends. Police Officers responding to such calls also experience their own emotions and challenges. It's critical in the immediate hours around a death and for the eventual healing process, to have someone come alongside families and police to offer emotional, spiritual, and physical guidance and support.
That's where Spokane Police Chaplains come in.
They assist police officers responding to murders, suicides, and accidental deaths by meeting with family members and others at the scene who may be in shock and/or dealing with grief, anger, and heartache.
Last year (2019) alone, police chaplains responded to 436 calls. While chaplains comfort, encourage, and help debrief those in need, police attend to the crime or accident details. Chaplains stay with family members after the scene is cleared and discuss burial and cremation options before connecting families with funeral homes. And they make sure our police officers have the emotional support they need as the constant exposure to trauma can take a mental and even physical toll. The SPD Chaplains primary focus is ministering to members of the Police Department.
The Spokane Police Chaplaincy Program is comprised of a full time head chaplain and a host of volunteers. Many of them are retired pastors and ministers. All of them have a heart for service and a guiding faith. If you are interested in becoming a police chaplain, contact Senior Chaplain, Mickey Tuter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He leads a team of 15 volunteer chaplains, whose primary goal is to support our officers in any way we are able-"in all things officers first".
Mickey a lifelong resident of Spokane, started with the Spokane Police chaplaincy in 2006, as a voluteer chaplain and was hired as a full time chaplain in August of 2017. Mickey has responded to hundreds of DOAs, officer involved shootings, as well as debriefs within his department, and the community.
Mickey graduated from Life Pacific College in 2009 with a degreee in Leadership and Ministry. Has two beautiful daughters, ages 10 and 12.
The Spokane Police Chaplaincy is not-for-profit 501(c) 3 and all donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support of the Spokane Police Chaplaincy!