On Tuesday 19th June 2018, fourteen, brand new, volunteer police chaplains attended the Netley Headquarters in Hampshire Constabulary for their Induction Training with Police Chaplaincy UK. The new chaplains represent four, different faiths and have just recently completed applications, interviews and vetting. They are currently being deployed across Hampshire to support both officers and staff.
Rev’d Dom Jones, the Force Lead Chaplain, said: "I am so excited about the development of our team here in Hampshire. We are currently one year into our brand new adventure of having chaplaincy in the constabulary and to be launching with a team of multifaith chaplains is a major milestone for us. I look forward to seeing this fantastic provision develop further over the coming years."
Revd Adrian Gatrill from Durham delivered the training course for Hampshire Constabulary and chaplains from Thames Valley Police and Wiltshire also joined them for the day.
Those who attended the course were very positive about the experience and the content of the course.
- "I really enjoyed it and it was so useful, especially discussing the various scenarios - so helpful to get other's opinions and viewpoints on things." said Nicky, one of the new chaplains.
- "Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication towards making it such an encouraging, supportive and incredibly interesting day", echoed Tricia, who became interested in police chaplaincy after a friend recommended it to her.
The new chaplains are being introduced to their stations over the coming months and will soon be regular visitors, equipped with smiles on their faces and, quite likely, a box of cakes!