Anybody can do the job of a Police Chaplain, right? WRONG!
The specialized pastoral care ministry provided by the Police Chaplain requires a person with a special servant's heart above all else. It is also beneficial if the Chaplain would take part in all available training for the Police Chaplain that is offered in their geographical area or region. Whether you are a rookie Chaplain or a seasoned Chaplain of twenty plus years, you can still benefit from honing your ministry skills. So, once you are trained (or getting your on the job training), what are some things that you might be called to do? Police Chaplains serve a variety of roles in the department.
Chaplains are available to counsel a law enforcement officer or other members of the department.
Chaplains are available to counsel a member of the departments’ family.
Chaplains are available to visit sick or injured officers and department personnel in homes and hospitals.
Chaplains are available as a very valuable asset during times of an officer or department death.
Chaplains are available to deliver death messages to surviving family members.
Chaplains are available to be called to the scene of fatality accidents or locations where a deceased person is found, to help locate and notify the next of kin.
Chaplains are available to serve on the department's debriefing/defusing team after traumatic incidents.
Chaplains are available to provide a ministry in the jail to prisoners and staff. Basically, most Chaplains are available and ready to respond to any and all requests from the department for whom they serve.