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
Doug Whitaker is the Lead Chaplain for the Somerset Police Department. Chaplain Whitaker brings with him several years’ experience as well as education in the field. He served as Assistant Chaplain for the Somerset Police Department from 2011 until 2013 when he left to continue his education, Whitaker returned in 2015 as the Lead Chaplain for the department.
Whitaker received a Bachelor’s Degree from Samford University in Alabama, holds a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary, and a Juris Doctorate from the Northern Kentucky University’ Salmon P. Chase School of Law. He has received training from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training in basic and advanced chaplaincy and also trained with the FBI in dealing with officer-involved shootings. Whitaker is a veteran of the United States Air Force and previously served as a police chaplain for Pioneer Village Police Department in Jefferson County and the Okaloosa County Jail in Florida.