Inauguration of Police Chaplaincy Academy

It's official. Classes started on Tuesday 3 March 2015. The curriculum for the first class will be abbreviated so that we can get out on the streets, but we will be required to complete the whole program.

Officer Edward Gilespie gave a presentation, Fair and Impartial Policing.  He talked at length about bias, both implicit and explicit.  I had no problem relating to some of the examples which he used.  My favorite one happened to me in Sherman TX when I became the Administrative Supply Technician for the Army National Guard.  On the first day, Billy Hines me where I'm from and I told him Washington DC.  He said, "You should know ???.  He's from where you are and he's your color."  I asked him where he was from and he said Germany.  So I said, "Oh, so you know Ursula Goeller.  She's from where you're from and she's your color."  Ssgt Leroy Henderson loved it.  Billy and I became very good friends and years later he some how got sucked into that job.  I hope that he had better luck with management than I did.

As a part of our training, we watched a video of 47-year old Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent.  She sang I Have a Dream.  She received a standing ovation at the end, although everybody thought that she would be absolutely horrible.  She was the biggest surprise that one of the judges ever had.  We also watched another video on homeless people and were asked our reactions.

Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis came in and talked to us for a few minutes.  He told us that 80% of the heroine in Baltimore and the East Coast come in from Columbia and Mexico.  Many officers go wrong because they care too much.  He has a homicide and narcotics background.

After he left, Officer Gilespie told us about two white supremacists who killed two Las Vegas officers and then went on a shooting spree at WalMart.  One officer went right pass one of the suspects but because she was a white female in casual clothes, he did not see her as a threat until he saw the barrel of her gun.

Captain Bernard Douglas gve a presentation on Critical Incident Training.  He stressed that confidentiality has to be maintained throughout the whole process.   "A Critical incident can be considered any event (or sequence of related events) that puts lives, property, and/or infrastructure at risk."  We were given a list of ten typical incident categories, but this list is not by any means exhaustive. 

The Baltimore City Police Department is trying very hard to improve things in the City.  But the residents also need to their part. 

We are looking for more chaplains.  If you have a relationship equity in Baltimore City and ministerial experience, get in touch with LTC Melvin Russell or me.  You do not necessarily have to be ordained.  Martha is not ordained, but she would otherwise qualify. 
 

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