Chaplains prepare for the police cells

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 July 2012

Custody Chaplain Gill Putnam.

Custody Chaplain Gill Putnam.

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CRIMINALS can now confess their sins while in custody following the introduction of an unusual service at Weston Police Station.

Those behind bars at the Walliscote Road building now have the option to be visited by a chaplain to discuss their options for the future.

The initiative sees members of Chaplaincy About Town (ChAT) being on-call to the Weston custody unit seven days a week.

Sergeant Dave Holtby said: “The chaplains volunteer their time to be on-call if someone in our cells is interested in talking to them about the direction their life is taking.

“They are also able to signpost offenders to different faith groups and other support networks. Chaplains are already available to people serving time in prison, but why wait until someone gets that far?

“If this scheme goes well, it would be great to open it out to other faith groups as well.”

The chaplains have also received training so they can act as appropriate adults to young people and vulnerable adults when they are interviewed.

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