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Police Chaplain Progam

The Powell Police Department Chaplain Program was established for the purposes of providing spiritual and emotional support to all members of the Department, their families, and members of the public. 

What is a Police Chaplain?

A law enforcement chaplain is a clergy person with a passionate interest in, and the specialized training for pastoral care in the world of law enforcement. This pastoral care is offered to all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, or religion. The chaplain’s ministry provides a source of strength to our police personnel, their families, and the community, advising calmly in the midst of turmoil and danger, and offering assistance when appropriate or requested.

What are some of the duties of a Police Chaplain?

The duties of a police chaplain include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assisting in making notifications to families of department members who have been seriously injured or killed.

  • Visiting sick or injured law enforcement personnel in the hospital or home.

  • Attending and participating in funerals of active or retired members of the department.

  • Assisting personnel in the diffusion of a conflict or incident when requested.

  • Responding to natural, accidental deaths, suicides, attempted suicides, family disturbances, and any other incidences where their presence is appropriate or requested.

  • Counseling Officers and other personnel with personal problems, when requested.

  • Responding to major disasters and critical incidents.

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