APD Chaplain's Corner
As we reflect over the past four decades, we are reminded of the early beginnings, when the Albuquerque Police Volunteer Chaplain Unit grew from a proposal by a local minister, the Reverend Virgil Bonto. Reverend Bonto approached then Chief of Police Paul A. Shaver and shared the vision of having a chaplain unit for the police department.
On March 10, 1969, Chief Shaver appointed the Reverend John A. "Jack" Price as the first Chaplain Commander to oversee 35 ministers and a motor vehicle donated by a local automobile agency. In 1998, the Albuquerque Law Enforcement Building was named after Commander Price.
Today, Department Chaplains continue to serve as "ambassadors" dedicated to providing a ministry of presence, support and counsel to members of the Albuquerque Police Department, their families and the community.
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Mission & Guiding Principles
- Provide for the support of department employees and their families.
- Provide counsel and guidance to persons in crisis in the Albuquerque community.
- Provide a great work environment by working effectively with each other.
- Apply the highest standards of excellence to providing support to those requesting assistance.
- Maintain a presence that fosters the highest ethical conduct among employees.
- Foster public confidence and support by attending civic events and being available during periods of heightened public interest.
- Contribute positively to our Department and our community.
- Recognize that the spirit of service is essential to fulfilling our mission.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, 850 children in need received a special delivery from the Albuquerque Police Department: food, gifts, and a warm smile. Operation Hope gives the men and women of the Albuquerque Police Department a way to give back to their community.
This year, APD joined community partners, such as the Albuquerque Woodworkers Association, who mentored high school students to build approximately 1,200 wooden toys for the Operation Hope Boxes. Other supporters included businesses, neighborhood associations, and caring citizens of the community.
A grateful family remarked, "We have been going through some hard times lately. Yet to know that there are kind generous people like you all warmed our hearts and brought tears to our eyes. Thank you all for everything you do for us to keep our community a safe place for our children."
Operation Matthew Man
Operation Matthew Man was inspired by APD Officer David Ritche's 4 year old nephew Matthew, aka Matthew Man, who has Stage IV Neuroblastoma. During Matthew's stay at the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital, he sent his uncle, Officer Ritchie, to go visit his sick friends. In continuing with Matthew's request to bring hope and encouragement to other children, the children are visited throughout the year by their "heroes" the men and women of the Albuquerque Police Department and McGruff the Crime Dog. Each child receives a coloring book, crayons and a blanket, donated by caring citizens.
Will you answer the call? If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Police Chaplain:
Return the completed document to the A.P.D. Chaplain Unit at 400 Roma NW, Rm. 101 or fax the documents to (505) 768-2134.