Cranford Township Committee Introduces Ordinance to Create Police Chaplain Position

A public hearing before final approval of the ordinance will be held on July 18. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Township Committee introduced an ordinance to create the position of Police Chaplain within the Cranford Police Department at last week’s meeting.   

The ordinance will be put to vote a second time before approval. A public hearing on this ordinance will be held on July 18.

“I’m very happy this is moving forward,” Councilman Andis Kalnins said.

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The position of police chaplain is a volunteer position without rank or salary. The police chaplain will be responsible for assisting the CPD in death notifications, employee counseling at the employee’s request, attending funerals/viewings, visiting the sick at home or in hospitals, responding to scenes of tragedy, attending and officiating at appropriate Township of Cranford events, and additional duties assigned by the chief of police.

“Any person appointed as Police Chaplain shall be an ordained clergyman in good standing in the religious body from which he/she is selected,” the ordinance reads. “The Police Chaplain shall have basic training and shall be a certified Police Chaplain credentialed in accordance with the roles and regulations of the Cranford Police Department.”

The Cranford Township Committee will appoint the Police Chaplain by majority vote.

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