Chaplain Program Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Who can be a Chaplain?  Chaplains often have a background that includes religious training, including possessing a ministry license and/or ordination from a recognized religious institution or denomination, but this is not always the case.  Laypersons affiliated with a house of worship may, after appropriate training, also be selected to work as a chaplain.  In addition to a Senior Chaplain assigned to a department, positions are available for those qualified to be either an Assistant Chaplain or a Community Chaplain.
  2. What does a Chaplain do?  Chaplains perform a variety of functions for public safety agencies, including praying at official functions, providing spiritual counseling to officers and/or their family members, providing comfort and support to members of the community who are impacted by stressful situations, and interacting with officers at various levels of their daily work.
  3. When would I be expected to serve?  Ideally, Chaplains serve as volunteers on an "on-call" basis on a rotating schedule with other Chaplains.  Critical incidents may also require an "all hands on deck" approach.
  4. Where is the work of a Chaplain performed?  Chaplains will volunteer to interact with officers at the police department, on scheduled ride-alongs, on scenes of critical incidents, and at official functions of the department.
  5. Why is a Chaplain program necessary?  Chaplains serve as an important function in a public safety department, providing an outlet for officers and their family members to discuss the unique stresses they deal with in a confidential, judgment-free setting.
  6. How do I learn more about becoming a Chaplain?  Complete and submit the contact form on this page, and someone will reach out to you with further information about training and opportunities available for service.   

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