The purpose of the Chaplaincy Program is bring another level of police service to the community by providing immediate care and compassion to any person or family grieving the loss of life or property.
Chaplains are volunteer city employees that provide non-denomination care, spiritual guidance and counseling on an emergency call-out basis. Chaplains have special gifts, skills, education, and experiences to assist citizens and first responders manage crisis situations such as:
- Death investigations
- Fatality accidents
- Line of duty death and serious injury
- Loss of a loved one as a result of a medical emergency
- Next of kin death notifications
- Serious personal injury
- Structure fires
The Chaplains also provide this service to all department employees and their immediate families. Chaplains are a branch of the patrol division and each member is expected to be engaged in the agency through participation in ride-alongs, roll call briefings, in-service training sessions and many other police-community based programs.