RPD mourns passing of senior police chaplain George Epps

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The Richmond Police Department is mourning the passing of Senior Police Chaplain George Epps, who volunteered his time to comfort grieving families who lost loved ones, including those of three police officers who died during his tenure.

Epps, who died on April 30 at the age of 68, served RPD for more than 15 years in order to help others cope with natural death, accidental death, suicide and homicide.

“Just a few weeks prior to his passing, Chaplain Epps was doing what he loved to do – serving the Richmond community and the chaplaincy program,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

Chaplain Epps volunteered “with no expectation of acknowledgement outside of his personal satisfaction and love for community and police officers,” Tan added.

The devoted pastor and dedicated family man received some of the most challenging homicide calls and was known to remain on a crime scene until the early morning.

“We will miss him deeply, and we are diminished by his passing,” Tan said. “We know that his legacy of service lives on in his family, and all those he touched.”

To celebrate Epps’ life, a wake will be held Monday, May 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Second Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 7635 Arthur Street in Oakland. This is the church where he was a pastor.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1909 Market St. in Oakland.

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