Joshua Morrison/News A prayer group that meets at the Knox County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoons prays with, and for, Mount Vernon Police Sgt. Andy Burns. The officer discussed the creation of a chaplaincy program and how it benefits officers and the public.

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

A prayer group that meets at the Knox County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoons prays with, and for, Mount Vernon Police Sgt. Andy Burns. The officer discussed the creation of a chaplaincy program and how it benefits officers and the public. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Police Department now has a new police chaplaincy program.

Sgt. Andy Burns spoke with a prayer group that meets in the Knox County Common Pleas courtroom every Friday about the program. Mount Vernon Association of Police Chaplains had been a topic of discussion for the last few years, according to Burns, but was expedited following a February shooting which resulted the in deaths of two Westerville police officers.

The program was set up as a 501c3, not-for-profit organization, separate from the police department and is housed in the Escape Zone. The chaplains are local Christian religious leaders from area churches that have undergone some training through the police training academy. They respond to calls with MVPD officers and are meant to be there to offer comfort.

 

Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or callan@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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