Police Week: A Chaplain's Outlook

This is the manuscript of the keynote address I was honored to give at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Law Enforcement Memorial Service in May of 2011.

For those in the profession, you all have our respect; we give you due honor; and we endeavor to remember.  Yours is a most honorable vocation. You may never be wealthy, but you will be rich in what cannot be measured on this mortal coil. You may never feel appreciated and often feel unfairly criticized; but the silent majority, who sleep peacefully under your watchful eyes, appreciate your toils in the name of peace and justice.

To the family and friends who have lost a loved one in this most honorable vocation, please know that the peace officer you lost made a difference, dying honorably and making a positive difference in our society. Their heroic example continues to inspire future generations of peace officers.

And so, what we look like in light of that “greater love” is that we respect, honor, and remember – not only this day but each day as we endeavor to live in faith, hope and love; because, “love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:8)


Rev. Frank C. Ruffatto

Executive Director & Chaplain, Peace Officer Ministries, Inc.


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.


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