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Pastor Olthoff receives Chaplain award

Sheriff Jeff Norlin is pleased to announce that recently former Meeker County Sheriff's Office Chaplain, Pastor Terry Olthoff, received the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) John A Price Excellence in Chaplaincy Award. This is one of the top awards issued by the ICPC. Sheriff Norlin said that Pastor Olthoff was a volunteer Sheriff's Chaplain with the Meeker County Sheriff's Office when he was nominated for this award.

The International Conference of Police Chaplains was founded in 1973, and currently has a membership of more than 2,800 chaplains from various faith communities from Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish to Buddhist and Muslim representing countries from all around the world. The primary goal of the ICPC is: To provide a ministry of presence to the men and women of law enforcement, the departments they serve, and to the people of the communities that the men and the women of these departments serve in.

Sheriff Norlin says that Pastor Olthoff was the first Sheriff's Office Chaplain with the Meeker County Sheriff's Office and was very active in the role, with our staff, and in the community. He has even performed the wedding ceremonies of a couple of our employees. "Pastor Olthoff brought quite a bit of experience with him when he started with our office," Norlin said. He started as a member of the ICPC in 1979, and is a Master Credentialed Chaplain with this association. He was a full-time chaplain with the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, was a volunteer chaplain for several agencies, including the North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota State Patrols and also served as a Federal Chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Federal Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

Sheriff Norlin said he is extremely proud of the Meeker County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Chaplains Program, and equally proud of Pastor Terry in receiving this well-deserved award.

When Pastor Olthoff was volunteering with the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, he was the pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Litchfield. Pastor Olthoff has moved on in his ministering duties and is currently the pastor of the First Presbyterian Churches of Edgerton and Lismore, Minn. Pastor Jeffrey Garland of the Corner Stone Church of Litchfield, took over after Pastor Olthoff, and is currently the Meeker County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Chaplain.

Sheriff Norlin added that this is the second International Award Member his office has received in these past two years. In 2010, The Meeker County Sheriff's Office received the International Chief's of Police/Sprint Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award for a project Deputy Jeff Ho and the Hennepin County Medial Center jointly conducted. The Meeker County Sheriff's Office at that time was one of the only Sheriff's Offices that have won an award from the International Police Organization.