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
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.