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NCJ Number: 186619 Find in a Library
Title: Description of the Chaplaincy Program of the Arkansas State Police
Author(s): Belinda Blevins-Knabe Ph.D.
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 39
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Law and Justice
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: Institute for Law and Justice
1219 Prince Street, Suite 2
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The chaplain program of the Arkansas State Police was studied using interviews, monthly reports, and surveys of both chaplains and Arkansas State Police personnel.
Abstract: Chaplains identified availability, presence, trust, and confidentiality as core issues for their work. They reported the most frequent way they assisted troopers was by participating in death notifications. Troopers indicated they used the chaplain program about once every 6 months. Both troopers and civilian employees said they were knowledgeable of the chaplain program and had neutral attitudes toward the chaplain program and its use. Findings indicate the full potential of the chaplain program has not yet been realized, and suggestions for program improvement focus on publicity and education, communication, and program structure. Appendixes contain the data collection instruments and study forms.
Main Term(s): State police
Index Term(s): Arkansas; Chaplains; Police research; Religion
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