Date of Award


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Primary Advisor

Carson Reed

Secondary Advisor

J. Eric Skidmore

Committee Reader

Tera Harmon


This thesis addresses the assessment of innovative practices in police chaplaincy. The purpose of the project intervention is to develop protocols that can guide police chaplains through an assessment process. The intervention relies on practical theology as exemplified through the ministry of chaplaincy. This ministry comprises police chaplains offering spiritual comfort to persons encountering critical incidents involving violence, accident, or other trauma-intensive events and situations. Adoption of innovations can allow police chaplains to be more effective in fulfilling many outward-focused tasks such as delivery of death notifications. I conclude that: (1) police chaplaincy is amenable to use of protocols to assess innovative practices, (2) practices in police chaplaincy that relate to time and other resource constraints are especially in need of innovations, (3) diversity of chaplaincy practices is increasingly important, (4) innovations that address moral injury and moral distress in chaplains and those they serve are needed, and (5) this protocol has applicability beyond this police chaplaincy program.

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