IMPD chaplain retires after 27 years

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s full-time chaplain has retired.

Philip Bacon was first appointed to the position in 1991.

He’s seen a lot in his 27 years on the job, but says he’s ready to spend time with his family, and pursue other interests.

“There are some projects that I want to be involved in that because of time constraints of being on call here,” said Bacon. “I want to take some time to do those things, including visiting
family.”

A reception was held at the City-County Building for Bacon.

He’s been married to his wife for 46 years and has three children and one grandchild.

The job includes the good and the bad. He not only officiates officers’ weddings and blesses babies, but he also gives the eulogy at fallen officers services. He most recently spoke at Officer Perry Renn’s funeral.

The job also includes notifying families of crime victims that their loved ones were killed

Bacon says the job was about building relationships, and says he will most miss the people he’s served.

“Its the people that really make the difference,” said Bacon

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