Muscatine police to bring back chaplain program

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — The Muscatine Police Department is bringing back a chaplain program that works closely with religious leaders in the area to help officers and victims of crime.

Sgt. Vince Motto tells the Muscatine Journal (http://bit.ly/1cGEdlu) the new program will involve chaplains participating in ride-along situations and interacting more with officers.

The previous program worked primarily on an on-call basis, and dealt mostly with major incidents like death notifications.

Motto says the program can help officers who get into stressful situations through counseling.

The Rev. Gary MacManus of Grace Lutheran Church in Muscatine helped bring back the program. He says he hopes to invite a diverse clergy as the program grows.

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, http://www.muscatinejournal.com

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