Chaplains respect the persons they serve, even though there may be profound differences in race, gender, economic status, religious experience and many other factors.
Chaplains respond at any hour, any day, in all kinds of weather. Mostly, they listen console and understand.
Chaplains comfort people who are shaking with fear offering guidance in difficult moments.
Chaplains pray when and where needed.
Chaplains also understand the difficulties of public bureaucracies and the “red tape” Law Enforcement officers must deal with. Chaplains spend many hours riding as active passengers with officers on patrol building relationships and offering guarded advice when requested.
Chaplains also participate in a wide variety of training programs with their officers. Often chaplains teach classes dealing with stress, family life, diversity, relationships, ethics, and other issues.
Chaplains listen and participate in the workplace of law enforcement officers with empathy and experience, advising calmly in the midst of turmoil and danger, while offering assistance when appropriate or requested.
- Counsel emergency service personnel
- Counsel other members of a department
- Counsel the families of department personnel
- Visit sick or injured officers and departmental personnel in homes and hospitals
- Serve death notifications
- Provide assistance to victim
- Assist officers in areas such as Stress Management and Family Life.
- Assist at suicide incidents
- Serve as liaison with other clergy in the community
- Furnish expert responses to religious questions
- Offer prayers at special occasions, recruit graduations, awards ceremonies, and dedication of buildings