Last week, the Southborough Police Department (SPD) announced Reverand James B. Flynn, of St. Mathew’s Church, as the town’s new chaplain. He will serve as the liaison with other clergy in the community.
Flynn will be serving the community in a variety of different ways, such as visiting sick or injured personnel, assisting in death notifications, as well as, supporting victims in times of crisis and more.
According to PoliceOne.com, “The role of Police Chaplain can be a very demanding position as their services can be requested at all hours of the night, under all kinds of conditions.”
Police Chief Kenneth Paulhus explained the importance of the role. Referring to a recent tragedy, he believed a chaplain, “would have been a valuable asset for the family [involved] and the Officers who might have needed to speak with someone with experience to put their feelings into perspective.”
Paulhus wrote, “We look forward to our relationship with Father Flynn in providing a resource for the spiritual needs of our staff, and residents of the community.”