Last year a bid was made to Police and Crime Commissioners for funding to support the rôle of National Police Chaplain as a dedicated resource for police chaplaincy across England & Wales. Following a long and protracted process that was frustrated by the PCC elections last year, the bid was successful, and funding has been secured for a period of five years. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) is now looking to the Board of Police Chaplaincy UK (NACP), as representing police chaplains across England and Wales, to nominate the person they think should fulfil this rôle.
It would be the Board’s intention, subject to any other expressions of interest, that Canon David Wilbraham, who has been (unpaid) National Police Chaplain for the past six years should continue in this rôle for a further fixed period of five years. As you are aware, David has fulfilled this role in addition to his position as Lead Chaplain for Thames Valley Police.
Expressions of interest from others who may wish to be considered for this strategic rôle should be notified to the undersigned by Friday 24 February 2017.
Whilst this development and the establishment of Police Chaplain UK (as the successor to NACP) are separate projects, there are clearly strong links between the two. The National Police Chaplain will function, in essence, as the Chief Executive of our organisation, and will be accountable to the Board of Police Chaplaincy UK, which will act on behalf of the APCC in this regard.
Canon Adrian Gatrill
Senior Force Chaplain
Durham Constabulary HQ
DURHAM DH1 5TT
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