For Command Staff
About Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Having a chaplain in your department can be an incredibly valuable resource for all its members, from rookie to veteran, auxiliary to chief.
Police chaplains serve in a wide variety of ways:
Assist in death notifications
Assist and support victims in times of crisis
Respond to suicide incidents
Serve as part of a crisis response team
Visit sick or injured personnel
Serve as a resource for counseling for members of the agency and their families
Deliver the invocation or benediction at public ceremonies as representatives of the police department. They also are on hand to serve inside the police department.
Chaplaincy is best described as a "ministry of presence." As such, chaplains are best viewed as a volunteer member of the department where they "loiter with intent." With access to their department's facility and training, chaplains gain an appreciation for the work of law enforcement while providing officers a degree of familiarity and accessibility to the chaplain.
While chaplains serve at the discretion of the local law enforcement leader, they provide both departmental leaders and their officers a safe and confidential resource with which to process the unique personal, family and professional demands experienced in the law enforcement community.
Chaplains serve law enforcement leaders and officers without regard to religious, racial, social or gender bias. Law enforcement chaplains are vetted by their respective faith communities and undergo a rigorous criminal background investigation before receiving initial and ongoing training by the International Conference of Police Chaplains, as well as the agencies they serve.
If you would like to learn more, please email or call to discuss establishing a chaplaincy in your department.