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NYPD Chaplains Unit Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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A special unit of the NYPD celebrated its centennial Wednesday.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Edward Cardinal Egan marked the 100th anniversary of the Police Department's Chaplains Unit.

NYPD chaplains provide the Police Department and their families with moral support and spiritual guidance. Chaplains also take part in promotion ceremonies, graduations and funerals.

Kelly says department chaplains have provided an invaluable service since they were put on the force back in 1906.

"Their ministry has always been and will remain inseparable from the mission of the department. That is because there is so much about police work that brings one closer to God, and at the same time, so deeply test our faith,” said the commissioner.

“The Chaplains Unit marks its 100th birthday; that is pretty old. But the older it gets, the more its indispensable functions and vital role in this department is appreciated and recognized," said Chief Chaplain Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass.

In 1906, there were two chaplains appointed to the department. Now there are seven chaplains serving several faiths.
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