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Columbia playing host to International Conference of Police Chaplains

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

They provide counsel and spiritual support to first responders all over the world.

And in the coming days they'll be meeting right here in Columbia.

Monday is the start of the annual International Conference of Police Chaplains.

The yearly event brings in chaplains from around the country as well as the globe.

This year it's taking place at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Columbia.

"Sometimes that stress can affect their performance not only in their job duty but their relationships at home and with friends so what we try to do is help them normalize the emotional aspect in the natives of law enforcement," said Mike Hardgrove, president of International Conference of Police Chaplains.

The conference is also a chance to recognize certain chaplains for their service.

This year it's being sponsored by several local law enforcement agencies, including the Columbia Police Department.

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