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Bottom row from left to right Chaplain Willie Shy, Chaplain Emmanuel Onokalah, Chaplain Donald Nurse. Top Row Standing from left to right Chaplain Gary Haskins, Chaplain Stephen Watkins, Chaplain Dwayne Locker.

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Director Greg Rucker of the Willingboro Police Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Willingboro Police Chaplain Program.

The police chaplain program is designed to help offer extra support to our residents who experience tragedy through crisis situations. The police chaplains will be able to provide assistance to officers in instances when tragic news has to be delivered and will offer guidance, assistance, emotional support and counseling to our residents who may be in family crisis. One of the goals of the Willingboro Police Chaplain program is to form a mutual bond through partnered community service between the police department and police chaplains. That community service could be through food drives, town hall "meet and greets" with the police department or other service oriented activities.

These are the current Willingboro Police Chaplains:

  • Reverend Willie Shy, Resident of Willingboro, Home Church-Living Word Community Church (Trenton, NJ)
  • Reverend Gary Haskins, Resident of Willingboro, Home Church-Abundant New Life Ministries (Fieldsboro, NJ)
  • Reverend Stephen Watkins, Resident of Edgewater Park, Home Church- Mt. Calvary Family Worship Center (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Reverend Emmanuel Onokalah, Resident of Willingboro, Home Church-Lifegate Worship Center International Inc. (Willingboro, NJ)
  • Reverend Dr. Donald Nurse, Resident of Willingboro, Home Church-Abundant Life Fellowship (Edgewater Park, NJ)
  • Reverend Dwayne Locker, Resident of Delran, Home Church-Cathedral of Love (Willingboro, NJ)

The Willingboro Police Chaplains are duly ordained clergy and are active participants in their current churches. They are volunteers and serve in an on-call status with the police department. Each Police Chaplain has completed a Willingboro Police departmental in-service training which includes exposure to agency policies and procedures which include but is not limited to the Willingboro Police Department Internal Affairs Policy. They have also attended and completed “The Police Chaplain Basic Training Program”. The Police Chaplain Basic Training Program is a training program intended to prepare chaplains for their specialized work. The program is designed to enhance a chaplain’s efficiency in meeting and dealing with people in crisis.

Our Police Chaplains have displayed a high level of dedication to the program and the residents of Willingboro Township even in its short existence. We look forward to a long and continued partnership between the Willingboro Police Department and the members of our Police Chaplain Program.