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A.C.P.D. swears in volunteers for new Chaplain program

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The Atlantic City Police Department welcomed five new faces, but their duties will be more faith based.

It's been a long time in the making, but on Wednesday it finally became official.

Five faith-based leaders were sworn in to be part of the new Atlantic City Police Department Chaplain Program. As community leaders, the Chaplains will act as an unbiased tie between the residents and the police department.

"When we can't communicate with the citizens the Chaplains can because they already have a connection with the citizens," said Chief Ernest Jubilee of the Atlantic City Police Department.

"We're not for the police department, we're not for the public. We're for God and we're going to tell the truth no matter what happens," said Revered Eric McCoy.

They will also lend a helping hand to those in need.

"We do domestic calls. We do follow-ups where there is a family in need. We do run a way's."

A similar program was created in Vineland five years ago. One of their volunteers is now helping here in Atlantic City where they hope to make the program a success as well.

"The juvenile crime rate in the city of Vineland was cut in half over the last five years. The juvenile arrest rate was cut in half in the last five years," said Chaplain Gary Holden of the Vineland Police Department Chaplain Program.

The Chaplains have already been put through a twelve-part course that focused on getting the crime rate and juvenile arrest rate down in Atlantic City.

"This is what's been missing."

But it is no longer missing, and officials have faith that it will be here for a long time to come.

All of the chaplains in the new police program are volunteers.

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