International Conference of Police Chaplains State of Illinois Wentink-Kauffman Excellence in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Award
For those who have lived in the Round Lake Area any number of years, the name Reverend Lisle Kauffman is a household name. Whether it be a Scouts pinewood derby race, a Veteran’s parade, a local tragedy, the passing of a loved one, or a family marriage, you are sure to find Reverend Kauffman there giving his blessings. On Monday evening at the Round Lake Village Board meeting the tables were turned and the blessings were bestowed on the Reverend with an award created in his honor.
Bishop Ronald White, Chaplain for the Chicago Heights Police & Fire Depts., Park Forest PD, Palos Heights PD, South Suburban Association Chiefs of Police, Federal Air Marshal Service – Chicago Field Office, and Prairie State College PD, attended the meeting to announce and hand out the special “Award for Excellence In Law Enforcement Chaplaincy“. Bishop White is with the International Conference of Police Chaplains, serving as the Illinois State Representative, Secretary of Region 4 (comprised of 7 states – WI, MI, IL, IN, OH, KY, WVA), Chair, ICPC Development Committee and member of the ICPC Board of Directors.
Reverend Lisle Kauffman is no stranger to receiving special recognition awards having been honored back in 1994 with the John A. Price Order of Merit and Special Recognition Award, ICPC’s highest award. The ICPC Executive Committee established the John A. Price Awards in January, 1984, to recognize chaplains doing an outstanding job in their local departments.
Before we mention how the special award that Reverend Kauffman received came about we need to go back in time and understand how the International Conference of Police Chaplains came about as explained by Bishop White at Monday’s meeting:
“In February of 1973 three Internal Revenue Agents were killed in a tragic late evening auto accident. Death notifications needed to be made to the families located in cities outside the Washington, D.C. area. Chaplain Joseph Dooley was extremely frustrated at not being able to locate or contact other law enforcement chaplains for assistance. Chaplain Dooley dedicated himself to assuring that never again would he find himself isolated from other law enforcement chaplains.
In June of 1973 a letter was sent to the president of 175 police associations, chiefs of police of major departments across the United States, and law enforcement chaplains. Chaplain Dooley outlined two distinctive goals for a proposed chaplains association:
– Compile a directory of chaplains, including their department or police association affiliation and contact information as to how they could be reached.
– Promote the bond of brotherhood so chaplains from far reaching communities in the United States and Canada would be joined together in fellowship. The association would serve as a clearing house for helpful information pertinent to police chaplains.
In October of 1973 the first group of chaplains gathered at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of organizing the International Corporation of Police Chaplains (ICPC).
For the first time, chaplains from every part of the country had a forum to share their experiences, concerns, hopes and dreams for law enforcement chaplaincy.
If Dooley had any doubts about the interest and commitment of his fellow chaplains they were soon allayed. The response was immediate and extensive. In less than two months over three hundred chaplains had returned their applications for membership in the new organization.
The great response can be attributed to the chiefs of police, local police associations, F.O.P. lodges and chaplains themselves. It was truly a cooperative effort of many people.
A need had become a vision; the vision had become a plan, the plan became a reality”
Bishop White stated that there were Regional training seminars where Chaplains had been recognized for doing things above and beyond but there was never one specifically for Illinois Chaplains. With this in mind, Bishop White undertook the task, seeking input on who should be recognized and the basis for the recognition such as service longevity, history, service on the local and National level, etc. Bishop White indicated that two names clearly stood out, Reverend William R. Wentink of Rockford and Reverend Lisle Kauffman. With two highly recommended candidates, rather than choose just one of them to name the new Illinois award after, it was decided to name the new Illinois award the Wentink-Kauffman Award.
In 1973, Father Bill Wentink, of the Rockford, IL police department and other clergy helped to establish the International Conference of Police Chaplains. Today the International Conference of Police Chaplains has members in all 50 states and in 19 other countries providing national accreditation and national and regional training, and 12 core courses for basic certification.
Police Chaplain Reverend Lisle J. Kauffman has been a Police Chaplain since 1979. Rev. Kauffman is a vital part of the Department who acts as counselor, resource person, and advisor to the entire department. He has attained International Conference of Police Chaplains Diplomate level. He has served the ICPC as the State Representative for Illinois and served 15 years as the Regional Director for the West Great Lakes Region (now Region 4) of the ICPC. He also served four years as the Secretary of the ICPC. He served 15 years as a member of the ICPC Board of Directors. Rev. Kauffman is committed to law enforcement and emergency service chaplaincy and enjoys teaching very much. In 2007, he presented the opening devotion at the ICPC Annual Training Seminar Opening Ceremonies in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2008, he accepted teaching assignments for the ICPC in Mobile, Alabama (July) and for the FFC in Providence, Rhode Island (October). Chaplain Kauffman is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (1969) and Retired Pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Round Lake.
Back in 1993 West Chicago police Chaplain David Haley said “When you’re assigned to a town, you minister to the community, not just the members of your church” which is so true as we recall all the wonderful things that Reverend Kauffman has done and continues to do for the Round Lake area community.
In his remarks at Monday’s meeting Bishop White stated: “It is indeed a distinct privilege and an immense opportunity for me to have established in March 2014 the International Conference of Police Chaplains State of Illinois Wentink-Kauffman Excellence in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Award and now to present the same to Chaplain Lisle Kauffman.”
I would be remiss in failing to mention that Bishop White praised Round Lake Chief of Police, Michael Gillette, for his exceptional assistance in arranging this award presentation and inviting so many local police and fire department personnel to the meeting.
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