Community and Law Enforcement Chaplains

About Chaplains

First Responder Chaplains are protected by the First Amendment and guided by Supreme Court decisions (i.e. Lemon v. Kurtzman, 1971)

First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Supreme Court:

  1. Programs must have a substantial “secular purpose.”
  2. A program’s primary goal cannot be to advance or inhibit a particular religion.
  3. Government agencies cannot interfere excessively in the operation of the program.
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Community Chaplains

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  • Crisis Intervention on Scene
  • Evacuation Scene Support
  • School Crisis Support
  • Family Assistance Center Support
  • Follow-Up Service
  • Search and Rescue Assistance
  • Provide Death Notifications / Grief Support

Community Chaplain Training

Training includes 100 hours of academic, scenario, and field training.

  • Code of Conduct
  • Caring for those in Crisis
  • Trauma & Grief
  • Death Notifications
  • Suicide and the aftermath
  • School Chaplains
  • Law Enforcement Culture/Expectations
  • Crime Scene Integrity
  • Search & Rescue Support
  • Chaplain Care/Support
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"The Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, ESV)

Law Enforcement Chaplains

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  • Critical Incident Stress Management/Debriefing/Defusing
  • Post Traumatic Event Counseling
  • Line of Duty Death Funeral Planning/Officiating
  • Home/Hospital Visitation
  • Graduation/Promotion Ceremonies
  • Spiritual Guidance and Support (when requested)
  • Ride Along
  • Attend Briefings

Law Enforcement Chaplain Training

Training includes 100 hours of academic, scenario, and field training (must first complete Community Chaplain training).

  • Privileged Communication
  • Law Enforcement Chaplain Ethical Standards
  • Law Enforcement Scene Safety Procedures
  • Ceremonies & Events (Includes Flag Protocol)
  • Law Enforcement Death Notifications
  • Law Enforcement Suicide Awareness/Prevention
  • Officer Involved Shooting Aftermath & Counseling
  • Law Enforcement Family Support
  • Law Enforcement PTSI
  • Responding to Critical Incidents
  • Line of Duty Death
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