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 Chaplains Peter Barrow and Aaron Groat continue to be available at all times of the day and night for emotional and spiritual support when needed, and represent all faiths and religions.
The Halton Regional Police Service Chaplaincy program was founded in 1993 as a proactive initiative whereby Chaplains are actively involved in the lives of officers and other Service members through frequent station visits and ride-alongs. Because relationships of trust are established, needs are met before they escalate into something more serious. Often, what is needed is an independent listening ear and some wise counsel for a crisis to be averted.
The Halton Regional Police Service Chaplains are available at all times but especially during significant periods in the lives of members such as weddings, parent/child dedications, illnesses and funeral services.
As the Chaplaincy program has evolved over the years, so too has the Halton Regional Police Service, and we are seeing members of many non-Christian faiths join our ranks. Although the Chaplaincy program is non-denominational and is open to members of any or no faith, awareness exists that a member would often prefer to speak to someone of their own faith or of their own culture. For this reason, the Halton Regional Police Service introduced its Multi-Faith Support Team in 2008.
For more information about the Halton Regional Police Service Multi-Faith Support Team, contact:
Sergeant Ric Judson