It was a tearful but joyful day yesterday as we bid the longest-serving member of our department farewell into retirement. Police Chaplain Jim Hessler dedicated 41 years of service to our department and community. Pastor Hessler began his studies all the way back in 1956, earning a Master’s degree in 1962, and becoming an ordained minister in 1965. He and his wife Lois settled in Dickinson in November of 1978 where he became pastor of the River of Life Assembly of God Church. Shortly after, Pastor Hessler continued his calling by establishing the first-ever Police Chaplaincy program for the Dickinson Police Department in 1981. He went on to assist the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Stark County Sheriff’s Office to establish programs of their own and also offered his services when needed. As a Police Chaplain, Pastor Hessler provided fellowship and support for our officers and dispatchers. He also assisted in the field by providing comfort to families during traumatic events and delivering emergency notifications. Pastor Hessler’s care, compassion, humor, and kindness will forever be embodied in the spirit of the Dickinson Police Department. We wish him and his wife a relaxing and blessed retirement, and always know the coffee is brewing at the station!