MONTEGO BAY — Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has called on participants attending the 38th Annual International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC), to utilise the knowledge gained in a positive and productive way.
“Since 1973, the International Conference of Police Chaplains has provided a source of strength, rest and rejuvenation for the men and women who must be the pillar of strength, voice of reason and comfort for those who serve and protect,” he said.
The Governor-General was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 38th Annual ICPC on July 11 at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa, in Montego Bay, St. James.
He pointed out that the ICPC has been established in some 20 countries with 2,600 members, and this suggests that awareness is growing in significance with more persons recognising the need for this therapeutic experience.
The Governor-General cited the various challenges faced by members of the Police Force which, he said, are not unique to any territory, country or state, even though they are defined by cultural individuality and social intricacies.
“The implications of such tumultuous physical, psychological and emotional burden upon our police men and women can be mind boggling. It is in this context that the conference of Police Chaplains becomes extremely significant to convey the importance of reassurance, rest and rejuvenation that their clients need for protective and productive services,” he said.
The Governor-General said that Chaplains provide a safe and secure environment for many police officers to share concerns and leave with the assurance and affirmation of their work and worth.
He commended the Chaplains for the work that they have been doing to assist law enforcement officers in “lifting” and “removing” spiritual and mental burdens, and urged them to continue the crucial task of building and mentoring police officers.
The conference, which is scheduled to conclude on Friday, July 15, is being held under the theme: ‘Rest, Recharge and Receive: A Chaplain’s Therapy’.
By ALDEEN CAMPBELL, JIS Reporter