Chaplain Program

chaplain logoLaw Enforcement Chaplains offer comfort, prayer, guidance, wisdom, common sense and expertise to members of the Evanston Police Department, their families, and the community at large.

When there is an unexpected death, a victim/survivor of a violent crime, or a domestic dispute our professionally trained chaplains are a resource to our community in their time of need. During times of crisis, the Chaplain/Clergy Team is available 7 days a week 24 hours around the clock to aid our citizens or just to be a ministry of presence.

If you are in need of a Evanston Police Chaplain please call 847-866-5000.

Our Chaplains do the following:

  • Provide assistance to victims of trauma and crisis
  • Make death notifications
  • Assist at suicide incidents
  • Deal with domestic disputes
  • Serve as a member of the Crisis Response Team
  • Serve as liaison with other clergy in the community
  • Counsel police officers and other members of the department
  • Counsel the families of police officers
  • Visit sick and injured officers and departmental personnel in home and hospital
  • Teach police officers in areas such as stress management, ethics, family life, and pre-retirement
  • Provide a variety of events during Police Appreciation Month
  • Go on ride-a-longs with police officers
  • Furnish expert answers for religious questions
  • Offer prayers when requested at times of need and on special occasions
  • Serve on review boards, award boards, and other committees

The Evanston Police Department Chaplain/Clergy Team has two tiers. The first tier is made up of volunteer clergy members who have expressed interest in working with the police department. They get introduced to the police community by training with experienced chaplains and attending the Citizens Police academy. From this group the Chief of Police appoints several clergy team members as Police Chaplains. He chooses those individuals whom have shown and are prepared to make stronger commitment to the program. The second tier consist of clergy members throughout the city of Evanston who has expressed an interest in supporting the efforts of the Police Chaplain Team , but do not seek membership as a Police Chaplain.

If you are a member of the clergy here in Evanston and are interested in joining the Evanston Police Department Clergy Team please call the Evanston Police Department's Community Strategies Bureau at 847-866-5019.

The current members of the Evanston Police Department Chaplain-Clergy Team are pictured below:

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Back Row from Left to Right

  • Elder Rodney Greene, Chaplain
  • Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, Chaplain
  • Father Robert H. Oldershaw, Chaplain 
  • Police Officer Loyce Spells, Team Coordinator

Front Row from Left to Right

  • Reverend David Jones, Chaplain 
  • Joey Rodgers, Chaplain
  • Reverend Patricia McPherson, Chaplain
  • Reverend Cynthia Grimes, Chaplain
  • Reverend Kate Gusitolise, Chaplain - Retired
  • Reverend Elizer M. Tendero, Chaplain