Local pastor Dr. Percy J. Golden Sr. is now serving as an Atlantic Beach Police Department chaplain.
Golden, senior pastor and bishop of the Holy Church of the Living God Revival Center in Atlantic Beach, was recognized for his new community-service role at Monday’s Atlantic Beach City Commission meeting.
“The Atlantic Beach Police Department does such a great job for our community; I am looking forward to serving them, but hoping they never need me, in whatever capacity they need …” the Atlantic Beach native said. “This community is very dear to my heart.
Public safety is old hat for Golden; he worked for 26 years for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. His roles with that agency included serving as chaplain, critical incident stress management team administrator, and emergency preparedness team coordinator.
Police chaplains serve in many ways, including being called to assist with death notifications and to otherwise support victims in times of crisis; responding to suicides; visiting sick or injured personnel; and counseling agency members and their families.
Bishop participated in volunteer training before becoming chaplain Indeed, Police Chief Michelle Cook said it’s paramount that chaplains have or develop an understanding of police work and the challenges officers and their families face.
“This understanding enables them to be a very effective part of the department, assisting inside and outside the patrol car,” Cook said.
Cutline: New Atlantic Beach Police Chaplain Dr. Percy J. Golden was recognized at Monday’s City Commission meeting for becoming a police chaplain. Pictured are, from left, Atlantic Beach City Commissioners Candace Kelly and Cindy Anderson; Police Chief Michelle Cook; Golden; Mayor Ellen Glasser; and City Commissioners Brittany Norris and Blythe Waters.