About APFCM


History

The Police Chaplaincy was started by Chaplain Bert McQueen in 1980.  In 1986, APCM was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry. 

APFCM has approximately 85 Chaplains throughout Alaska that either were introduced to Chaplaincy or joined the ranks as chaplain and have asked to be included with APFCM. They provide service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Last year this accounted for over 35,000 hours of service. Additionally there are over 200 Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) volunteers.

Purpose and Goals

The Alaska Police and Fire Chaplains Ministries (APFCM) is associated with the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC).  Chaplains associated with APCM are encouraged to become members of ICPC.

Examples of Services:
Police and Fire chaplains are specifically trained to work in crisis situations.  They provide a variety of support services to the law enforcement/fire agencies and the community.  Listed below are some of the ways chaplains are used:
  • assist and advise officers and firefighters with personal and professional issues
  • assist and advise other members of the department
  • assist and advise family members of officers, firefighters and other personnel
  • visit sick or injured officers, firefighters, personnel and family members
  • assist in making death notifications
  • provide assistance/crisis intervention to victims of traumatic incidents
  • provide training in a wide range of related topics; e.g., suicide, death notifications, stress management, grief, ethics, family life, pre-retirement courses, etc.
  • serve as part of the crisis response debriefing team and provide CISM programs
  • assist in suicide incidents
  • serve as a liaison with other clergy in the community
  • furnish expert answers to religious questions; e.g., culture, different beliefs, rituals, etc.
  • participate in formal functions
  • serve on review boards, award boards and other committees
  • assist with transients and the homeless


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