Chaplain Alvin Dillard talks with the lone jailer at the Killeen Police Department.
Dillard, who has been KPD chaplain for the past eight years, spends much of his time sharing with the department's jailers.
With no official office at the downtown police station, Chaplain Alvin Dillard uses vacant rooms to talk with officers in need of counseling.
Once the new police station in southern Killeen is done, Dillard
will have his
own office and a more comfortable setting for those who wish to stop by and talk about their issues.
The Killeen Police Department
has openings for three chaplain volunteers, but Alvin Dillard
is its only one.
background as a former officer gives him an advantage as chaplain, but it's not required for the job.
Dillard's role with KPD
isn't about fighting crime, but supporting those who do.
provides emotional and sometimes spiritual counseling to officers and their families, as well as victims, sometimes even delivering death notices for officers to victim's families.
"I have a deep respect and care about each of the officers and command staff and personnel in the department.
It's giving back a little more to them than they gave to me," Dillard
said of returning the blessings law enforcement gave to his
life by supporting Killeen's
Dillard, 63, pastor at Faith Community Church of God, has approximately 15 years experience in law enforcement, including a 10-day stint as police chief in Valentine, Neb.
left that job because of city politics.
He has also been a deputy sheriff in Kansas City, Mo., after becoming a police officer at 21, when he left the Navy.
When Officer Jason Wright drowned Dec. 7, Dillard's first priority was supporting Wright's wife and children.
waited at Stillhouse Hollow Lake and then supported divers when Wright's body was recovered, he
"Officers go through things a lot more personal than many people do.
They usually develop a very close bond with one or two people within a shift or group," Dillard
moved to Killeen
in 1999 from Houston.
began pastoring in 1981 after experiencing a spiritual change when he
He started college at 40 and has a degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology.
He worked as a Metroplex Hospital chaplain for six years before being accepted to KPD two years ago.
Dillard is the co-founder of the Christian Assistance Network, which helps people with electric and water service, along with rent payments and job search skills.
He also works with Boy Scouts in the area.
gives all his
heart and loyalty to whatever he's
serving," said Dillard's wife, Sun Ye, who admits she's
no stranger to seeing her
husband get up in the middle of the night to go out on police calls.
a godly man, a good counselor and a good pastor."
also counsels individuals on probation and parole and /or battling substance abuse, he
"Whatever I do, I'm hoping I'll have at least a small imprint with the life I've lived and in some small way someone will have been blessed from it and have been a better person," he
said the chaplain service he
provides at KPD
shows the city's commitment to building a healthy community that can't be calculated in dollars.
"I don't think you can pay for it," Dillard
"There's not enough money.