Police chaplain talks to Citizen’s Academy
Goose Creek Police Department Senior Chaplain Tom Richmond said he has worked with the FBI and the Secret Service, but that Goose Creek has the finest police department.
Richmond has served at the GCPD for two years. He was the featured speaker at a recent session of the Goose Creek Police Academy.
He said when he was growing up he was inspired by a local police chief who drove a 1972 Harley Davidson police motorcycle who let people know he was the chief.
The chief once told Richmond to run from him, and he did, but didn’t get far. The chief threw his baton while sitting on his motorcycle and tripped a young Richmond with his accurate throw. Richmond became friends with the chief, who eventually gave Richmond his baton, which he showed to the class.
“It is a responsibility and a great honor to serve these men and women,” Richmond said. “I asked the (GCPD Chief Harvey Becker) if I could be me.
“I’m a civilian and a volunteer. I get to go where others don’t go and see what others don’t see. If we have a death we do notification for family and officers who were there – natural causes or homicide.”
Richmond said he wants to love officers for who they are because they see things a lot of people don’t see.
He is called out to all SWAT team calls.
“We pray with them just to let them know there’s somebody here beside themselves,” he said.
Richmond said he is the pastor of the Salvation Army church in West Ashley and works with the Salvation Army in Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties.