MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Police Department has started a police chaplain program and during Tuesday night’s Township Council meeting the following nine local clergy members were sworn is as police chaplains:
Rabbi David Greenstein -- Congregation Shomrei Emunah
Pastor Elbert Maxwell -- The Sword of the Spirit Christian Church Ministry
Pastor Robert Coles, Jr.-- Petra Baptist Church
Reverend Michele Brown -- St. Paul's Baptist Church
Pastor Brian Major -- Christ Church
Pastor Ron Gonzalez -- Christ Church
Chaplain Barbra Bleecker -- Religious Society of Friends Montclair Monthly Meeting
Pastor Paul Leggett -- Grace Presbyterian Church
Elder Terrance Taylor -- Just One Prayer Away Deliverance Ministries
Reverend A. Craig Dunn -- Senior Pastor elect at First Baptist Church of Madison -- will be sworn in as a police chaplain at a later date.
“The program is designed to have a team of clergy members from the community with different religious backgrounds working alongside members of the Department during times of crisis or incidents where a more comprehensive response will be given to those in need,” said Police Chief Todd Conforti. “As police officers we often see members of the community at their most difficult times and, though police try and offer emotional assistance to those in need, it is always beneficial to have as many support systems as possible within the department and within this community. I am fortunate to have members of the clergy offering their expertise, wisdom and faith to the Police Department of Montclair,” said Chief Conforti.
Chief Conforti also thanked Officer Paul Rusniak for his efforts in establishing the program.