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Rising violence in St. Louis County taking a toll on police chaplains

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Byron ‘Sarge’ Watson, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County PD, got ordained as a chaplain in 2016. (Credit: KMOV) Byron ‘Sarge’ Watson, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County PD, got ordained as a chaplain in 2016. (Credit: KMOV)
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In St. Louis County, police say homicides are up and that takes a toll, and not just on the families and first responders who deal with a death.

St. Louis County PD has almost two dozen chaplains who not only work with officers but are called upon to provide comfort the families of victims of violence.

News 4’s Ray Preston spoke with Byron ‘Sarge’ Watson, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County PD, who got ordained as a chaplain in 2016.

He says currently any support for the chaplains is on an informal basis but he’d be open to the idea of perhaps regular meetings, a planned event to share support for one another.

“I think it’s important as colleagues that we recognize the fact that we need help too,” said Watson.

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