(WBTV-TV) — The Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police department is moving towards nonsectarian prayer during police ceremonies.

In the past, volunteer chaplains have included Jesus’ name in their invocations at official department ceremonies, but the department wants the prayers to be more inclusive.

“Our goal is to certainly not demean Christianity in anyway, but make sure everyone feels included here regardless of what their faith is,” said Major John Diggs, head of the department’s volunteer chaplain program.

He says the move towards nonsectarian prayer came about last month after a discussion between six volunteer chaplains.

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