Police Counseling Video Created by HFU Communications Student

Image of Philadelphia Police Department emblemKathryn McCarty, a junior Communications major, created a video used by the Philadelphia Police Academy about the Michael the Archangel Ministry program, which offers counseling services to retired and working officers and their families.

The six-minute video’s objective was to inform the public about the counseling services offered. Working with the Fraternal Order of Police, Father Steven Wetzel, OSFS, and officers and affiliates of the program's board, McCarty filmed the video in the fall semester over the course of two months.

“Finishing the video gave me an overwhelming sense of accomplishment,” McCarty said. “Going into my Television and Electronic Media class, I had little experience with shooting video and editing and was impressed with how much I learned. I consider this experience one of the most rewarding projects of my collegiate career.”

According to the video, police officers and their family can receive counseling for a multitude of reasons, including critical police events such as the use of deadly force by or against an officer, domestic emergencies, major events like the Amtrak train derailment, hospitalization of officers, and other crisis situations. Pastoral care is offered at home or in the workplace, and includes on-site and scheduled counseling, hospital visits, bereavement services, and emergency counseling.

“I met new officers and FOP faculty very frequently and they were all so welcoming and supportive,” McCarty said. “It was interesting to watch the video come to life and the process it took. We started out with a rough script and each time we shot something new, we got more excited to see the finished product. I also learned a lot about Michael the Archangel Ministry program and its mission each time we had a new shoot.”