Thus, I want to commend to the officers, chaplains, pastors, and lay people who read this the Police and Chaplain Training (PACT) put on by Peace Officer Ministries. This training is about appropriating the skills, knowledge, and techniques that need to become second- nature to the chaplain – to allow him to successfully protect himself, his colleagues, and the peace officers whom he serves; to bring the Truth that sets us free to bear.
This is also a chance for peace officers to see how their noble calling is one of spiritual warfare of which the physical warfare in which they partake makes it visible. The instructors are past and present law enforcement officers, chaplains, and they cover a wide range of subjects from Understanding Law Enforcement as a Culture to Officer Spiritual Survival to practical sections on Crime Scene & Investigations Awareness Training for Chaplains and Understanding Your Communication Style. And frankly, there is so much more in-between to instill within the trainee the skills necessary to handle many sticky situations and be back-up for officers as they work to end every shift alive and well.
By completing this training, the chaplain (and the peace officer seeking to serve his colleagues) will have been supplied with the knowledge and skills to ‘serve those who protect and serve us.’ The call is to put on your theological boots so that your theological rubber will hit the road of the real-life, no-holds-barred, blood and guts, joys and sorrows of law enforcement.
There is still time to register and some scholarship help is available as well. Mark your calendars for May 21-25, 2012 – St. Louis, Missouri – Concordia Seminary. A downloadable brochure is available at www.peaceofficerministries.org.
Watch your six, and Stay Safe!
About The Author
Rev. Frank C. Ruffatto is a Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) pastor (Point of Grace Lutheran, Cornelius, NC) and retired police detective (Prince George’s County, Md. PD) He is also the Executive Director and Chaplain for Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. (POM) a 501(c)3 non-profit, international law enforcement chaplaincy ministry whose mission is to “Serve Those Who Protect and Serve Us.”
Chaplain Ruffatto has an A.A. in Liberal Arts from St Leo College, a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Behavioral Science/Theology) from Concordia College, Bronxville, NY and a M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.
Chaplain Ruffatto has performed “boots on the ground” ministry for P.O.M. in Nicaragua, Alabama, and assisted with the LCMS relief efforts in American Samoa. Locally, with Point of Grace, he has worked with the Cornelius Police Department’s Christmas-adopt-a-family projects, National Night Out events, and other ad hoc activities. Additionally, his combination of police/ministry education and experience provides a practical application to the POM police and chaplaincy training at Concordia Seminary.