Lexington Police Aim To Meet Victims' "Spiritual Needs"

Sep 4, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lexington Police Department is rolling out a new program designed to help crime victims handle emotional stress in the wake of tragic events.

The department’s chaplaincy program is expanding to help not just officers and their families but everyday citizens who are affected by crime.

"It's not unusual for the Lexingont Division of Police to encounter people on the worst days of their life," says Sherelle Roberts, a spokesperson for the police department.

"People not only need support as far as getting justice, but many times people need emotional and spiritual support," she says.

Roberts says ministers, rabbis, and other religious representatives will be available for victims on request. The department hopes to expand the program to include as many faiths as possible.