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Truett McConnell University signs onto partnership to train police chaplains

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Chaplains working with police departments across the country could receive their training through Truett McConnell University under an arrangement announced Thursday.

Truett McConnell forged an exclusive partnership with the International Conference of Police Chaplains that will allow police chaplains to get online training.

The International Conference of Police Chaplains, founded in 1973, is a professional organization that works to train, equip, and encourage the front-line ministers responsible for consoling and counseling crime victims and officers.

Ronald J. White, president of the chaplaincy organization and a chaplain in Illinois, signed the partnership with the university. White said the partnership will ensure police chaplains receive the training they need to do their jobs with excellence.

J. Marie Griffin-Taylor, dean and assistant professor for The Michael Sattler School of Public Service, said the partnership will allow more police chaplains to receive training through the university’s online format.

“By creating this partnership, TMU demonstrates its commitment to not just stand behind law enforcement, but to stand with them and beside them, by providing more chaplains to help them deal with the sometimes devastating effects of their jobs,” she said. “It's a way to give greater access for law enforcement to those who can help them as they help others.”

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