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Yakima Police Welcome New Chaplains

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima Police Department welcomed two members of its new chaplain program today with a barbeque.

Mark Grange and Kent Roberts will provide counseling for police officers, who often see situations like murders and deaths on the job.

The main goal is to keep officers as mentally healthy as possible after constantly dealing with stressful situations on the job.

"It's best to be able to stay on top of our game and one way to stay on top of our game is to be able to have support, that's spiritual support, that's emotional support," said Chaplain Liaison Elaine Gonzalez.

The chaplains are not police officers.

They are volunteers from the community.

The department also says officers can talk to them at the station or take them into the field on ride-a-longs.