Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association

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2020 Chaplain Summary Report

The very dedicated Maple Shade Chaplain Corp stayed on the front lines with our first responders during a challenging 2020. Whether it was Covid-19, protest marches or community insecurities with respect to food or mental health issues, our Chaplain Corp was there to meet the challenges.

            The Chaplain Corp handled 18 activations for 2020 to include responding out to a major fire to support victims, providing counseling and caring to those struggling with family or personal issues and supporting our residents when family or friends pass away. Covid-19 did not take the Chaplain Corp off-line, they stayed in the fight, cared for our community and continue to do so to this day. We thank them for their selfless service!

            The Chaplain Corp also partnered with the Police Department, the Township of Maple Shade, PBA Local #267, the Maple Shade Food Bank, the Maple Shade Business Association and Advisory Board of Commerce, Bentley Trucking, U-Haul of Maple Shade, Maple Shade Youth Groups and Sports Organizations, the Maple Shade School District and the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association (our non-profit) to host a massive town wide food drive called the “Fill the Truck Event” in September 2020. Unable to host our National Night Out Event due to Covid-19 which is typically held in August, our team mobilized throughout the community to address food insecurity issues and support our township food bank.

Thanks to the generosity of the Tilghman Funeral Home, McDowell Law, the Maple Shade Business Association and Carol-Ann Peacock and Investor’s Bank, prize money was awarded to our participating youth and sports groups who donated requested items in exchange for an opportunity to win prize money during a time when many groups were unable to do any fundraising. It was a win-win for all involved and we appreciate the efforts of our children and their parents for working with us in caring for our community.

As we transition into 2021, the Chaplain Corp will remain on the front lines ready, willing and able to care for our community, our first responders and their families as we continue to battle through a pandemic unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetimes. The Chaplain Corp remains resilient and grounded knowing full well that the power of the human spirit will emerge victorious and there will be a better collective future ahead for us all and the town that we care so much about.         

Deacon Mike heads to a call in the inaugural deployment of the Chaplain Response Vehicle

Deacon Mike Stinsman of the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp is seen heading out to a call in the newly appointed Chaplain Response Vehicle. The Chaplain Vehicle is a repurposed previous Maple Shade PD Detective Car. The Maple Shade Police Chaplains will use the Response Vehicle when they respond to calls and events in the community alongside the Maple Shade Police Department.

A special thanks goes to recently retired Ptl. Michael Anyzek for designing the graphics package and Acerbo’s Auto Trim and Lettering of Medford, NJ for installing the graphics.

Thank you for Supporting MSPCA!

The Maple Shade Police Chaplain’s Association would like to thank everyone that came out on Tuesday March 3rd, 2020 to the Carrabba’s Cares fundraiser event. Your generous support will be used by the MSPCA to fund the 2020 National Night Out event on August 4th, 2020.

Maple Shade Police Chaplain Activity Summary 2019

The Maple Shade Police Chaplains responded to 24 activations for this calendar year. Those activations included: 9 deceased persons where a loved one or family member(s) needed comforting, 4 counseling sessions for subjects in need of direction, assistance or a kind ear, 2 death notifications on behalf of other townships who needed assistance making the notification, 7 fire calls including a double fatal fire, 1 juvenile counseling session in support of the School Resource Officer and 1 call out to support the school district students and staff on a school evacuation.

Police Chaplains also performed ceremonial duties at the township council reorganization meeting, banquets and opening ceremonies.

Police Chaplains worked extensively with School Resource Officer Misty Weiss diverting juvenile offenders from the Juvenile Justice System into our Stationhouse Adjustment Program (SHA’s), providing safe locations for community service and providing mentoring/counseling for at risk youth and their families. In 2019, 11 juveniles were diverted away from the Juvenile Justice System thanks to the Chaplains and the recidivism rate of the involved youth was almost non-existent. Additionally, Maple Shade has now joined 3 other towns in forming a Municipal Alliance in the County at the request of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and Juvenile Probation, helping in part to funnel services and support to our families in the township.

Police Chaplains, Maple Shade PD and PBA Local #267 in partnership with our township businesses and community supporters organized the 4th Annual National Night Out Event in August 2019 which was a FREE, family fun event. It was an overwhelming success welcoming thousands 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. Additionally, the Maple Shade Moose Lodge #2682 also generously donated $500 dollars netting the Food Bank almost $1,300.00 to help support their efforts. We are hard at work planning the fifth event for Tuesday August 4, 2020 (Rain Date: Wednesday August 5, 2020) and expect another tremendous experience for all! Stayed tuned for additional updates at a later time.

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 especially in today’s world, 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 based training. In addition, Chaplain Greg Ginion, who was certified as a Master Train the Trainer by the FBI National Academy in their Resiliency Program in June 2018, along with the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp and the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association (a 501c(3) – NJ non-profit corporation) partnered with PBA Local #267 and Detective Brian Martino (also a certified FBI Resiliency Trainer) to host quarterly training sessions on Resiliency for our spouses, significant others and family members. This joint effort has been undertaken to ensure the entire family is supported and cared for helping to make certain that our officers can be their very best at work and at home!

In reference to the Burlington County Police Chaplain Association, Chaplain Greg Ginion continues to serve as a board member along with Chief of Police Chris Fletcher, who serves in a liaison role to the association on behalf of the Chaplain Liaison Police Officers in Burlington County. The Association continues to grow and expand in the county under the leadership of President Erik Jarvis and we look forward to what 2020 holds for the Association.

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.  A special thanks to our board who selflessly and tirelessly give of themselves to support our efforts in making our program such a success! The current MSPCA board consists of: President – Chaplain Vince McDonald, VP – Chief Chris Fletcher, Treasurer – Chaplain Mike Stinsman, Secretary – Chaplain Annemarie Cook, Board Member Ellen McDowell, Esq., Board Member Carol-Anne Peacock, Board Member Mark Tilghman and Board Member Nelson Wiest. 

Corporal Mastrangelo honored at Yocum School for Veterans Day

On November 12, 2019, Principal Yvonne Reitz and the students and faculty members of the Howard Yocum Elementary School paid tribute to all of the Maple Shade Military Veterans in observance of Veterans Day.

Maple Shade Police Corporal Michael Mastrangelo was honored as the Veteran of the Year during the presentation. Members of MSPD were on hand to celebrate Corporal Mastrangelo’s award and to show their appreciation to all of the Veterans of Maple Shade.

Maple Shade Police Department and Chaplain Corp present at Resiliency Summit

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal requested that the Maple Shade Resiliency Team comprised of Chaplain Greg Ginion, Detective Brian Martino, Records Clerk Heather Capate, and Chief Christopher Fletcher present on their groundbreaking family resiliency pilot program.

This occurred on October 10th and 11th, 2019 at the Trenton War Memorial to over 1400 Police Officers, First Responders and Chaplains.

The resiliency team discussed the importance of bringing the FBI National Academy resiliency program to our spouses, significant others, and family members. This is in an effort to better prepare them for the challenges that a First Responder faces and the impact that it has on the entire family.

In a collaborative effort between the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association, the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp., P.B.A. Local 267, and the Maple Shade Police Department, this pilot program was conceived and rolled out in early 2019 and has been met with tremendous approval and support from our families. The program will continue in its’ current state until mid-2020 when a new variation of this training will be unveiled.

Chaplains attend the Maple Shade Fire Department Open House

On Friday October 4th, 2019, Chaplain Mike Stinsman, and Chaplain Evelyn Galloway along MSPD Traffic Officer Matthew Shaw, and Chief Christopher Fletcher attended the Maple Shade Fire Department Open House.

It was an opportunity for the Chaplains and the Police Department to come together with our other First Responders to celebrate Fire Prevention Week. The Chaplains handed out hundreds of gift bags to the children in attendance as part of our community engagement initiative and continue to look for opportunities to support our First Responders in Maple Shade.

The Chaplains reminder everyone if you see something, say something, in an effort to keep our community safe. One call does it all in Maple Shade, 856-234-8300 will connect you to the Police, the Fire Department, and the First Aid Squad.

Donation to the Maple Shade Food Bank

Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 267 raised $780.00 in the popular Dunk-A-Cop tank at the 2019 National Night Out. These funds, along with a donation from the Maple Shade Moose Lodge of $500.00 were presented to the Maple Shade Food Bank to help stamp out hunger.

This generous cash contribution was combined with a record amount of donations of goods at the National Night Out event. It is another example of Shaders helping Shaders.

Please continue to donate all year long. For more information follow this link

Officer Buchman about to get dunked for charity!

2019 National Night Out – THANK YOU ! ! !

The Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp, the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association, the Maple Shade Police Department, Police Benevolent Association Local 267, and our community partners wish to thank everyone for their support and participation in the 2019 National Night Out.

A special thank you to our main event sponsors, Investors Bank, Roma Bank, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill. It was a night that saw our community come together to celebrate Maple Shade Township with our Chaplains, Police Officers, First Responders, and Military Personnel.

We also welcomed in our new Township Manager Susan Danson who observed first hand, how Maple Shade has earned the motto, “Nice Town, Friendly People”.

This years free, family, fun event saw thousands of community members  have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new friends.

We wish to thank everyone for their continued support and look forward to another successful even in August of 2020.

Maple Shade PD Recognized for Resiliency Training

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal has taken steps to protect the physical and emotional well-being of New Jersey law enforcement officers by ensuring that they are provided with the tools they need to cope with the unique stressors of their jobs. Addressing a rise in reported police suicides nationwide, Attorney General Grewal issued a law enforcement directive – known as the “Officer Resiliency Directive” – implementing the New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement (“NJRP-LE’), a first-in-the-nation statewide program to train officers in resiliency and to become better equipped to handle the daily stress of police work that, when left unchecked, may lead to physical ailments, depression, and burnout. In so doing, New Jersey will become the first state in the country to require that all state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies designate a Resiliency Program Officer (RPO) who will be specifically trained in – and ultimately train their departments in – resiliency. The Maple Shade Police Department served as the pilot program for the State of New Jersey. Under the leadership of Maple Shade Police Chief Christopher J. Fletcher, and with assistance from his team including Detective Brian Martino and Chaplain Greg Ginion, law enforcement officers and command staff from Maple Shade are being trained in the New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement. Family members of our law enforcement officers are also provided an opportunity to go through the same training. “My goal from the beginning with this training was to better equip officers to process and cope with the negative effects of trauma that they encounter on a daily basis. In Maple Shade specifically, my vision included caring for and training our family members and Chaplain Corp in an effort to strengthen and educate the support systems around us,” said Chief Christopher J. Fletcher. “I enthusiastically support the expansion of this program throughout the State of New Jersey and am grateful that officer wellness is taking such a priority for Attorney General Grewal and Director Allende. In the end, this program helps to reshape the lens that we use to look at the world around us with an improved attitude and thankful disposition and that is something which is certainly good for everyone involved.” For more information on the NJRP-LE program follow this link