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Law enforcement chaplains do some or all of the following:

The police chaplain works directly under the chief of police to accomplish the following.

  • Counsel law enforcement officers
  • Counsel other members of a department
  • Counsel the families of law enforcement officers and other department personnel
  • Visit sick or injured officers and departmental personnel in homes and hospitals
  • Make death notifications
  • Provide assistance to victims
  • Teach officers in areas such as Stress Management, Ethics, Family Life, and Pre-retirement classes and courses
  • Serve as part of a department's Crisis Response Team
  • Assist at suicide incidents
  • Serve as liaison with other clergy in the community
  • Provide for the spiritual needs of prisoners
  • Furnish expert responses to religious questions
  • Offer prayers at special occasions such as recruit graduations, awards ceremonies, and city council meetings.
  • Deal with transients and the homeless


Chaplain Bobby Brown

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A law enforcement chaplain should be an ecclesiastically certified person in good standing and endorsed for law enforcement chaplaincy by a recognized religious body, with five (5) years experience in ministry.

A law enforcement chaplain should be available to serve on a 24-hour call basis, determined and governed by the head law enforcement chaplain

Law enforcement chaplains may or may not be duly sworn police officers.