The International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) provides training and support for law enforcement chaplains around the world. They provide a standard of training that most law enforcement agencies use to measure the training their chaplains receive. I’ve been a member of this organization for several years.
In July 2011, the ICPC held its first Annual Training Seminar outside of North America. The nation of Jamaica hosted the 2011 conference at the Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Before you get too jealous – nearly all of our time was taken-up with conference events. While we, my wife Anita went with me, enjoyed lunch and supper most evenings beside the water, I only touched the sand and the waves once. That was when Anita was having lunch with some other ladies and I ventured down to one of the lounge chairs on the beach to eat my hamburger.
During this seminar, I taught two of the Basic Chaplaincy courses: Suicide and Liability and Legal Issues.
The Jamaica National Police included their chaplains in the training sessions. They were much more animated and talkative than most of the chaplains I’ve taught. It made for some interesting debates and a great learning experience for me!