Last week, Dr. Jack Poe, Chaplain for the Oklahoma City Police Department, was presented with the Ken Ashlock award for excellence in police chaplaincy. The award is not an annual award and is only given when the accomplishments and character of the recipient has risen to a level that sets him apart from his peers. Dr. Poe received the award in recognition of his 26 years of work with the Oklahoma City Police Department, his work in the aftermath of the Murrah Building bombing, his efforts in New York City following the September 11, 2001 attack, and the countless hours he’s spent mentoring other chaplains.
Dr. Poe received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma, his B.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth Texas, and his Doctor of Ministry from Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma. Dr. Poe spent a year in training at the Family Life Center, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, in counseling training. He has additional training in Post Shooting Trauma, Stress Management in Law Enforcement, Critical Incidents in Policing, Advanced Peer Support, and Compassion Fatigue. He joined the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1984 where he was involved in setting up their peer support program. Dr. Poe teaches at the Oklahoma City Police Academy and the Oklahoma City Police Spouse Academy.
Dr. Poe responds to all officer involved shootings within the Oklahoma City Police Department. He has extensive experience working with officers and their families who have undergone extreme emotional trauma. He worked with the officers and families who were impacted by the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.
In April 1998, Chaplain Poe received the prestigious National Crime Victim’s Service Award. This award was presented in Washington, D.C. by U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno on behalf of President Bill Clinton. In May of 1998 he received the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, Outstanding Alumnus Award, from Oklahoma Baptist University. In April of 2003 the Director of the United States Secret Service presented Dr Poe with the Secret Service Certificate of Appreciation for his work with the families of the Secret Service after the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in which the Secret Service lost six of their personnel. He was also appointed chaplain for the United States Secret Service.
In September of 2001, Chaplain Poe was asked to come to New York City to assist with the rescue and recovery taking place at the World Trade Center. He, along with two other chaplains from Oklahoma City, worked at ground Zero for eleven days.
In November of 2007 Chaplain Poe was honored with the Career Chaplain of the Year Award from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and in July of 2008 the International Conference of Police Chaplains at their annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama presented him with the John A Price Award for excellence in police chaplaincy.
Upon retirement from the U.S. Army Reserves in 2001, he received his second Award of the Legion of Merit. The National Guard Bureau of the United States presented Chaplain Poe with its National Minuteman Award in 1998. He holds the rank of Colonel in the United States Army, Retired. Dr. Poe is listed in the Who’s Who in Religion and the International Who’s Who of Professionals.