Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association

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Maple Shade Fire Department Open House 10/5/18

The Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corps wishes to thank the Maple Shade Fire Department for their invitation to their Open House event that was held on Friday 10/5/18.

Chaplains Mike Stinsman, Evelyn Galloway, and Annemarie Cook were present along with Captain Chris Fletcher to hand out gift bags to all of the children in attendance.  Officer Matt Shaw of MSPD and representing Maple Shade PBA Local 267 was also present handing out mini-flashlights to all the kids and their families.

Captain Fletcher wishes to thank the sponsors of the gift bags, Investors Bank, Roma Bank, Mark Tilghman Funeral Home, Laurel Lanes Bowling Alley, and the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association.

It was a great family fun event for all that brought our first responders and community together to learn about fire safety.

MSPD PBA Local #267 is selling Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can show your support by wearing a PBA Local #267 Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirt!

MSPD PBA Local #267 is selling Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts in men’s and ladies’ v-neck style @ $10 each. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research. The shirts are on sale now at the Maple Shade Police Department headquarters lobby from 8:00 AM to 4:00PM, Monday to Friday.


MSPD PBA Local #267 and Maple Shade Moose Lodge #2682 donate to the Maple Shade Food Bank

The men and women of the Maple Shade Police Benevolent Association Local #267 staffed the popular Dunk-A-Cop fundraiser at National Night Out 2018 on 8/7/2018. A total of $450 in donations were collected from Maple Shaders young and old who were eager to take their turn to dunk-a-cop for a good time and a good cause.

The Maple Shade Moose Lodge #2682 has partnered in the good cause, and matched the PBA’s donation for a total donation of $900 presented to the Maple Shade Food Bank.

The Maple Shade Food Bank is run by Maple Shaders helping Maple Shaders, please help support them all year long.

Left to right – Chief Gary Gubbei, Det. Brian Martino – VP PBA Local 267,  Joe Scalise – Governor Moose Lodge 2682, Teri Zahradnick – Maple Shade Food Bank, Tony Egner – Treasurer Maple Shade Moose Lodge 2682, Nelson Wiest – Administrator Maple Shade Moose Lodge 2682, Cpl. Scott Pacheco – State Delegate PBA Local 267

2018 National Night Out – Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters!!!

The Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association , the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp, PBA Local 267, and the Maple Shade Police Department, wish to thank all of our sponsors and supporters for another successful National Night Out event. We would especially like to thank our corporate sponsors, Investors Bank, Roma Bank, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Mission BBQ, P.J. Whelihan’s, The Melting Pot, and Acme Markets.

We would also like to thank the community of Maple Shade for coming out to meet us and participating in our largest NNO event to date.

For those that may have missed the event, as well as for those that were there, here is a terrific video production from Nathan Elliott Photography which captures the festivities and excitement from that night. Thank you to Nathan Elliott Photography for a job well done!

MSPCA reminds all Maple Shaders to help fellow Maple Shaders by donating to the Maple Shade Food Bank all year long and help stamp out hunger.

Resiliency Training in Maple Shade

In June 2018, the FBI National Academy conducted training at Stockton University for a select group of police officers and Chaplains in Southern New Jersey to be certified as Master Resiliency Trainers in the State of New Jersey. Resiliency in essence is the ability to bounce back when things are tough and the ability to bounce forward when things are going good. This training focuses on helping to rewire the way police officers and first responder’s view and process traumatic situations in an effort to maximize their wellness and overall positive mental health. It was the culmination of 2 years’ worth of work for Chief Gary Gubbei, Captain Chris Fletcher, Lieutenant Sean Hasson, Detective Jeff Engel and Detective Brian Martino, along with Chaplain Vince McDonald and Chaplain Greg Ginion. Chief Gubbei selected Det. Martino and Chaplain Ginion to attend this specialized training and to have the Maple Shade Police Department also act as the pilot program for the state. Congratulations are in order to Detective Martino and Chaplain Ginion for their work in this area and for undertaking this worthwhile cause.

Maple Shade Citizen of the Year Nominee – Chaplain McDonald

Chaplain Vince McDonald was nominated for the 2018 prestigious Citizen of the Year award sponsored by the Maple Shade Rotary. Chaplain McDonald is the Senior Chaplain for the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp, is the President of the non-profit that funds the Chaplain’s activities known as the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association (MSPCA) – A NJ Non-Profit Corporation and is the Senior Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Maple Shade where he has served for 25 years. Chaplain McDonald has been vital to the growth and development of the Chaplain Corp and has truly embraced his role in caring for our police officers, first responders and the community alike. The Police Department, the Chaplain Corp and the MSPCA would like to congratulate all the nominees especially the winner of the 2018 Citizen of the Year – Helen Iapalucci.

2018 National Night Out Tuesday August 7th, 2018 5:30PM to 8:30PM


The 2018 National Night Out will be held on Tuesday August, 7th, 2018 from 530PM to 830PM in the Maple Shade municipal parking lot at North Forklanding Road and Brubaker Lane. The rain date for the event will be Wednesday August 8th, 2018.

National Night Out is hosted by the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp, the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association, the Maple Shade Police Department, PBA Local #267 and our Community Partners.

It is a free, family, fun event and everyone is welcome. We will have a DJ, activity zone featuring rock wall and bounce houses, food and drinks (Carrabba’s Italian Grill catering, PJ Whelihan’s samplers, Melting Pot dessert fondu, Maple Shade Custard Stand water ice, and other snacks- while supplies last), face painting, balloon artist, games and giveaways.

Back by popular demand, we will have the “Dunk-a-Cop” to raise funds for the Maple Shade Food Bank. Also please help out and bring some non-perishable food items to donate to the Maple Shade Food Bank and help stamp out hunger!!

Come out and meet your Police Chaplains, Emergency Responders and Military Personnel- tours of Police vehicles, Fire trucks (smoke house for the kids), EMS vehicles and Military displays.

In keeping with the NNO philosophy and our efforts to stay sustainable, please park your car; get out in the community and walk to the event!

Please stay tuned for additional information as it develops.

Follow the MSPCA here at our website as well as at our Twitter page   and our Instagram page.





Captain Fletcher and the Chaplain Corp Receive Prestigious Award

On Tuesday March 20, 2018 at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, NJ, Captain Chris Fletcher and the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Corp were recognized by the South Jersey Men’s Club, the Burlington County, Camden County, and Gloucester County Chiefs of Police Associations and Prosecutor’s Offices for their work in the County of Burlington and beyond in the area of Police Chaplaincy. In addition, Captain Fletcher was honored for his efforts in organizing the Chaplains in Burlington County and forming the first county wide Chaplain Association within the state for the purposes of fellowship/ training and emergency response. For their work Captain Fletcher and the Chaplain Corp were commended on a job well done!


Maple Shade Police Chaplain Activity Summary 2017

Maple Shade Police Chaplain Activity Summary 2017

There were 25 Police Chaplain Activations for 2017.

100% of those activations dealt with the loss of life (unattended deaths, attended deaths, fatal car crash, death notifications for other towns and suicides).

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

Police Chaplains worked extensively with the School Resource Officer diverting 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 and their families.

Police Chaplains and Maple Shade PD (under the direction of Chief Gary Gubbei) in partnership with our community supporters organized the 2nd Annual National Night Out Event in August 2017 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 third event for Tuesday August 7, 2018 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 based training. In addition, the Chaplains are also starting to push into the concept of Resiliency Training as we move into 2018, which will help first responders bounce back when things are tough and bounce forward when things are going well.

For 2018, the Police Chaplains are expanding our role with the police department on working with at risk youth, community outreach, becoming more active in family crisis situations, laying 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. In addition, Chaplain Greg Ginion was recently selected as a board member of the newly formed Burlington County Police Chaplain Association (BCPCA) and serves on that board along with Captain Chris Fletcher, who is a liaison to the association on behalf of Chaplain Liaison Police Officers in Burlington County.

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.


Carrabba’s Italian Grill 2nd Annual Dine and Donate event to benefit the MSPCA THANK YOU ! ! ! ! !

Thank you Carrabba’s and all of our community supporters for helping the MSPCA raise over $1000.00 from the Dine and Donate program held on February 20th, 2018. This money will be used to help fund the 2018 National Night Out event in Maple Shade.

We invite you to join us at Carrabba’s Italian Grill
for dinner to benefit The Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association .

Identify yourself as a supporter
and we’ll proudly donate 20% of your total check!

Funds raised will benefit the Maple Shade Police Chaplain Association and our effort to fund the National Night Out event in August 2018. Events like these help us to keep the NNO event FREE for all those families attending.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
4pm-10pm, Dine-In, Delivery and Carside Carry-Out
Maple Shade • 500 Route 38 E • (856) 235-5525