- Chaplain -
The Somerset Police Department’s Chaplain is tasked to provide guidance and counseling in matters of spiritual, personal, family, job, or other matters to all members of the Somerset Police Department. The Chaplain may also be requested to assist in comforting victims or family members of the citizenry of Somerset .
The Chaplain is a clergyman who volunteers his time to give support and counseling to members of the department and community. The Chaplain must have a working knowledge of techniques for counseling and referral agencies if needed.
Listed below are a number of duties for the Chaplain:
- Notification of injury officers or family members
- Respond to hospital
- Recruit officers
- Respond to barricaded/hostage situations
- Funeral of personnel’s family
- Counseling in the community
- Representing the Somerset Police Department
On March 10, 2008 Phillip Fisher was named as the new police chaplain for the Somerset Police Department. Fisher is the senior pastor of Bethel Baptist Church .
Chaplain Fisher is a 1979 graduate of Stetson University , and holds a Master of Divinity from Southern Theological Seminary.
Fisher completed his Clinical Pastoral Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center , Washington , D.C., in 1995. He served as a chaplain for the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1997, obtaining the rank of Major.
Fisher also served as chaplain to the West Melbourne Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Florida .