Father of LPD Detective takes on role of Chaplain

Father of LPD Detective takes on role of Chaplain

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

While serving in the Army, Steven Robert Winters felt a calling to continue service, but in a different way. He began ministry and has been able to reach all walks of life through his faith.

To the men and women of the Lubbock Police Department, he will now go by Chaplain. 

"I have an idea, a little idea of what the men and women go through as they serve us and protect us," Steven said.

That is because his son, Jeremy Winters has been with the department since 2000. He has taken on several roles, but most recently is a detective with the Crimes Against Children Unit. 

"When I've had stressful cases or bad calls, he's been someone I'm able to call and just vent to," Jeremy said. 

It is in his nature, Steven was a Navy Chaplain for 22 years. When he came to his son about the possibility of taking on the role for LPD, Jeremy said it was an easy decision.

"He wanted to make sure he wasn't coming in where he wasn't wanted and I think it's an awesome thing to have my dad part of this," Jeremy said.

What makes a Chaplain's role unique is that they are not there to necessarily preach, but provide comfort for these officers.

"I never go in with an agenda of what I want to happen," Steven said. "Hopefully it's the Lord, Holy Spirit that directs whatever takes place."

Steven believes it is really about giving back to those who serve us.

"I honestly feel like mine is just a little part, they're the heroes," Steven said. "They're the ones that deserve all the credit and all our support, and I view it a privilege to work with these men and women."

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