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Bluffton police launch chaplain program

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The Bluffton Police Dept. launched a chaplain program on June 1. Five chaplains volunteer to assist officers, their families, victims and families and friends at crime scenes. Each chaplain is a volunteer. 

Rev. John Ring is the lead chaplain and minister of family counseling and community outreach for Grace Coastal Church in Okatie. 

The four other chaplain volunteers: Rev. Manuel Diaz, Iglesia Torre Fuerte, who holds services at Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, 25 Boundary St. in Bluffton; Rev. Paul Hamilton, of Bible Missionary Baptist Church at 236 Buck Island Rd. in Bluffton; Rev. Bennie Jenkins, of First Zion Baptist Church at 10 Robertson St. in Bluffton; Rev. Brian Rose, who attends Church of the Cross at 110 Calhoun St. in Bluffton. 

Chaplains also visit sick and injured officers who are hospitalized, swear in officers, serve as a liaison with other clergy in the community and serve in functions such as funerals, religious and civil ceremonies, according to Ring. 

The chaplains are a weekly rotation and are encouraged to visit the police department three times a week during their service week and ride along with officers during their shift.

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