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[ISP] Peru District Chaplain Honored
Start Date: 4/25/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/25/2014
Entry Description
They are often at their best when the worst of human circumstances are prevalent. They provide crime victims a kind ear to help them through a time of vulnerability. They offer a soft shoulder for family members to cry upon when loved ones have been taken too soon. They counsel police officers who witness human suffering and senseless deaths on a routine basis. They respond to calls for service 24 hours a day 365 days a year. They are the men and women who serve as police and fire chaplains. The Indiana State Police has multiple volunteer chaplains, of varying religious denominations, serving throughout Indiana. They are supervised by a full time chaplain stationed at the Indiana State Police General Headquarters in Indianapolis. Recently one of those devoted chaplains was recognized by his peers.

Reverend Jack Hess, a police chaplain serving the Indiana State Police Peru Post and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, was recognized by the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC). Hess was awarded the Indiana 2014 Wilbur A. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy. Hess was the 20th recipient of the award. He was the fifth Indiana State Police chaplain to receive the award. The previous four winners who have served or are currently serving as chaplains with the Indiana State Police are Father Richard Cooley, Father Daniel Coffey, Chaplain Rick Kassel, and Chaplain Tom Burton. The annual award was established in 1995 by the Indiana Region of the ICPC to honor the outstanding contributions made by police chaplains. It was named after its first recipient Wilbur A. Cunningham. Cunningham served for many years as a chaplain with the Indianapolis Police Department, the FBI Indianapolis Division, and the Noblesville Police Department. He was a co-author and developer of the Indiana State Police Chaplain's program.

Reverend Hess was ordained in 1970 as a Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Pittsburgh for the Presbyterian Church; thus having the title reverend added to his name. It was November of the same year that he was sworn in as a chaplain for the Newark Ohio Police Department. Since then, Hess has ministered for over 43 years as a volunteer police chaplain.

In addition to serving as a chaplain with the Newark Police Department, Hess served with the Ohio State Patrol and the Defiance Ohio Police Department.

In Indiana, Hess has worked with the Randolph and Huntington County Sheriff’s Departments. In 2000, He started as a chaplain with the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department. Those 14 years have been very busy. Hess has traveled most of Indiana utilizing his chaplain skills while serving as a member of the Indiana State Police Crisis Management Team. He was a member of the ICPC team that ministered in New York City (after 9-11) and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He was also part of a group of Indiana State Police chaplains that were deployed with troopers to assist in the aftermath of the tornados in Henryville, IN, and more recently in Kokomo, IN.

Reverend Hess resides in Miami County.

Photo from left to right: ISP Superintendent Doug Carter, Chaplain Rick Kassel and Chaplain Jack Hess
Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Tony Slocum
Phone: 765-473-6666
Email: tslocum@isp.in.gov
Carter, Kassel and Hess
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