Multi-Faith Support Team 
Multi-Faith Support Team 

(From left to right): Reverend Peter Barrow (Christian), Imam Abdul Qayyum Mufti (Islam, Al-Falah Islamic Centre), Mr. Baljit Singh Cheema (Sikh, Halton Gurdwara), Ms. Laila Eiriksson (Baha’i, Baha’i’s of Oakville), Pandit Roopnauth Sharma (Hindu, Ram Mandir), Rabbi Stephen Wise (Judaism, Shaarei-Beth El Congregation) and Rob Thomas (Catholic).

To meet the needs of its diverse and ever-growing workforce of more than 659 sworn members and over 220 civilian employees, the Halton Regional Police Service introduced its Multi-Faith Support Team (MFST) in the fall of 2008.

Comprised of community volunteers representing the Baha'i, Catholic, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jewish and Sikh faiths, the Multi-Faith Support Team provides spiritual, religious and moral support to HRPS personnel and their families in times of work-related and/or personal crisis and/or trauma.

Members of the Multi-Faith Support Team are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week on an as-requested basis.

In addition to being a reactive/request only service during crisis situations, the MFST also gives team members an opportunity to build relationships with Halton Regional Police Service employees through station visits, ride-alongs and other police events.

The HRPS Multi-Faith Support Team augments existing support available through the Service's confidential Employee Assistance Program, and Service Chaplain Peter Barrow continue to be available at all times of the day and night for emotional and spiritual support when needed, and represents all faiths and religions.

For more information about the Halton Regional Police Service Multi-Faith Support Team, contact:

Sergeant Mark Dienstmann