The history of chaplaincy is an ancient one which goes back to the earliest periods of church history. The word “chaplain” is derived from the Latin word ‘capella” which described a soldier’s cloak, (capa, capella) that gave them comfort and warmth in action, hence the chaplain providing pastoral care of comfort. The military has a long history and tradition of chaplains providing spiritual guidance and support to its members in peacetime as well as wartime.
While chaplains are people of a faith community, their principal role then, as is today, is to provide spiritual guidance and support in times of crisis and need. Most chaplains have extensive professional counseling backgrounds and regardless of their religious background, they are trained to work with and counsel people of all faiths, as well as those with faith.
Chaplain Robert Fesmire has served as a Phoenix Police Chaplain for a little over a year and a half. He brings over 20 years of service to law enforcement and over 25 years experience of professional pastoral and leadership in multiple churches to our department. The chaplain position is not paId and Chaplain Fesmire currently volunteers over 40 hours per week to the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department including matters outside of work.
On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, The Phoenix Police Department, in conjunction with CBS 5 News, honored Chaplain Fesmire by presenting his family with a $500 “Pay it Forward” check. PLEA provided him with a flat badge and wallet.
PLEA believes in supporting those who support us and we were honored to be a part of the ceremony.
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