Captain Christopher Fletcher and School Resource Officer Misty Weiss of the Maple Shade Police Department along with the Chaplain Corp presented to Superintendent Beth Norcia and her staff a block of instruction on Station House Adjustments. The Chaplain Corp will begin to work with the youth of Maple Shade in a joint effort to divert them from the formal juvenile justice system. MSPD and the Chaplain Corp are grateful for the excellent working relationship that we share with the school district.
Chaplain Ginion and Chaplain McDonald visit the students and staff at the Howard Yocum School, to talk about “character counts” and how Police Officers use their voice differently depending on the situation they are in. Chaplain McDonald stressed that Police Officers are your friend and you can always approach an Officer if you ever need help. However, he balanced that with the fact that during emergency situations you must listen and do exactly what a Police Officer tells you to do without question for your safety and the safety of everyone.
Thank you to Principal Reitz for inviting the Chaplains to your school!
Chaplains Stinsman and Galloway, along with Captain Fletcher from the Maple Shade Police Department, attended the 2017 Maple Shade Fire Department open house event. It was well attended and our team handed out many free items to those in attendance. Thank you to our sponsors of the gift bags, “P.B.A. Local #267, Investor’s Bank, Tilghman Funeral Home, and Givnish Funeral Home”. The gift bags were enjoyed by all. We value our partnership with the Maple Shade Fire Department and thank you for having us at your wonderful event! Check out the event photos on Instagram .
This past Saturday 9/9/17 the Maple Shade Chaplains were on duty helping out the Maple Shade Rotary at the 45th Annual Sidewalk Sale. Chaplain Stinsman, Chaplain Ginion, and Chaplain Cook, all pitched with the Maple Shade Rotary to help serve up delicious food and drinks to the attendees. The Chaplains were happy to participate in such a great community event. Thank you to all who make it possible every year!
On behalf of the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp., the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association (MSPCA), the Maple Shade Police Department, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local #267, and our Community Partners, we want to say THANK YOU to all those that made the 2017 National Night Out possible and such a success. It was a great community building event and we are looking forward to 2018. We also want to give a very special THANK YOU to our main corporate sponsors; Investors Bank, Roma Bank, and our main caterer Carrabba’s Italian Grill of Maple Shade, who served up some delicious food for everyone all evening long.
Maple Shade Police Chaplain Activity Summary 2016
There were 20 Police Chaplain Activations for 2016.
85% of those activations dealt with the loss of life (unattended deaths, attended deaths, fatal car crash, death notifications for other towns and suicide).
Remaining 15% of the activations dealt with a house fire, shooting and First Responder care.
Police Chaplains also performed ceremonial duties at the township council reorganization meeting, banquets, county wide Rotary function and local Rotary meetings.
Police Chaplains worked extensively with the School Resource Officer to help divert juvenile offenders from the Juvenile Justice System into our Stationhouse Adjustment program, providing safe locations for community service and providing mentoring/counseling for at risk youth.
Police Chaplains and Maple Shade PD (under the direction of Chief Gary Gubbei) in partnership with our community supporters organized the 1st Annual National Night Out Event in August 2016 which was a free, family fun event. It was an overwhelming success welcoming all to our Main Street area to celebrate the positive attributes that bring us together as a community. The Chaplains also doubled their efforts in holding a food drive in conjunction with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA Local #267) and the Dunk A Cop program, where all food donated and all money raised from the dunk tank was immediately used to help stock and supply our Maple Shade Food Bank at a time when the shelves are normally running low. We are hard at work planning the second event for Tuesday August 1, 2017 and expect to go even bigger and better, so please plan to attend!
Police Chaplains have also worked hard in forming relationships with our first responders and their families. Understanding the challenges a career in public safety brings, the Chaplains have mentored, counseled and simply listened when it was needed most. They integrated themselves into the operation of the police department to include our training components like active shooter and scenario training. As one chaplain stated, they had no idea how much information an officer needed to know and how fast they needed to know it, when making life and death decisions within fractions of a second. It has made them as a Chaplain appreciate the officers of this department even more and understand the impact those tense and often unpredictable life changing decisions can have on an officer and their family.
For 2017, the Police Chaplains are embarking on expanding our role with the police department on working with at risk youth, community outreach, becoming more active in family crisis situations, beginning to lay the foundation for partnering with service organizations addressing the opioid crisis and continuing to expand our training and fellowship with other Police Chaplains throughout the county, making necessary connections and building bridges of hope as we move together as a team.
The Police Chaplains would like to sincerely thank all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make our program a success and it is our hope to continue to positively impact the lives of those living, working, shopping, traveling through and worshipping in Maple Shade.