Introduction Ceremony for Nine New Chaplains NA09150gb

June 6, 2009

What:            
The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Chaplain Corps will hold a ceremony to announce nine new chaplains.
        
When:               
Friday, June 12, 2009 8:00 a.m.   

Where:          
Elysian Park Police Academy (Rock Garden)
1880 North Academy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Who:                
William J. Bratton, Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department
Jim McDonnell, 1st Assistant Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department
Michael Downing, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
                                            
Why:             
The Chaplin Corps will be having a ceremony to introduce nine new chaplains and the very first Muslim chaplain into the program as well as the first chaplain holding the rank of Senior Security Officer.  LAPD’s Chaplain Corps is compromised of 43 chaplains. Sixteen chaplains are Sworn Officers and twenty-eight are Specialist Reserves.   

All Chaplains volunteer their time to “Serve Those Who Protect and Serve.” The Chaplain Corps is dedicated to providing for spiritual, moral and personal needs and support of all Department personnel and their families.   All Chaplains have gone through an interview process as well as a background investigation.

The Chaplain Corps is pleased to be adding the following chaplains:

Shaykh Asad Qazi (Muslim)
Rabbi Moshe Greenwald (Jewish)
Fr. Garcia (Roman Catholic)
Rev. Daniel Pyon (Christian)
Fr. Michael Cooper (Episcopal)
Rev. Jose Castillo (Christian)
Rev. Yvonne Johnson (Christian)
Rev. Matthew Kim (Christian)
Rev. Tina Babcock (Christian)

Contact:        
For further information, please contact Officer McCarty, Office of the Chief of Staff at 213-485-4372.