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After three of his police officers took their own live within an eighteen month period, then-Police Chief Tim Keck said, “Maybe if we’d had a chaplain program it might not have happened,  We can’t do anything about the past, but we can try to keep it from happening in the future.”  And, in 2000, Pastors Dave Hadsell and Jim Dixon, and Corporate Chaplain Alan Tyson organized the Rogers Police Department Chaplain Corps, with Dixon as the Chief Chaplain.   Years later Kelley Cradduck was elected Benton County Sheriff, and asked Chaplain Dixon to bring a chaplain program to the sheriff’s office. The BCSO Chaplain Division was established. 


Sheriff Shawn Holloway recognized the need for a full-time chaplain to both serve the sheriff’s office staff and provide administrative oversight to the thirteen chaplains and about forty volunteer jail ministers who hold daily Bible studies in the jail.  With Sheriff Holloway’s support, Northwest Arkansas Chaplain Ministries was established in 2019 as a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation, to fund a full-time chaplain program.  Virtually all support for Northwest Arkansas Chaplain Ministries comes from church, corporate and private donations.


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