Chaplain Jack Poe of the Oklahoma City Police Department will be holding a police chaplain school today and Saturday at First Baptist Church Ada.

Harold Ware, seniors minister at First Baptist Church, said police chaplains help police officers during times of stress or crisis.

“They’re available to the police in time of family needs, personal crisis and police needs,” Ware said. “It’s like a minister except they’re able to council if there’s a death, murder, suicide or child abduction.”

The school will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the fellowship hall of the church.

Ware said 14 or 15 people would be taking the course.

“You get the training and you get a certificate,” he said.

Ware said some of the training would include ride-alongs to become more aware of what police officers do every day.

“Every now and then you’ll ride with some of the policemen and just get a feel for what they’re going through,” he said.

Ware said First Baptist Church used to have a police chaplain program and the school is part of an effort to getting another going.

“We’re just trying to reform and get another group of men who would minister to our Ada police force,” he said.

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