Revd Jo Whitehead, Lead Police Chaplain to Derbyshire Police says that she is known as the ‘Minister of Cups of Tea’. Today she is featured in the ‘CofE’ Twitter feed.
The Derby Telegraph described some of her work in 2012:
“When an officer comes in off a long shift, I try to make a point of bringing them a cup of tea and a biscuit and you won’t believe how such a small thing can have such an effect on them.
“My role is about being there for them, showing them that they are valued.
“The first Christmas, I went to the police station straight after midnight Mass and again the following morning after the Christmas service. It is about showing those people how much the work they are doing is appreciated.”
Mrs Whitehead said she had yet to see an officer break down in tears in front of her but some had asked for confidential one-to-one meetings where they could discuss whatever aspects of their job – or life – they wished to.
“But an officer came to see me confidentially one time to speak about a suicide he had attended that day and to talk about how he felt it had affected him.”