Police Chaplain Program

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The Glendale Police Department Chaplain Program was established in the year 1979 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 not limited to, the following:

  • Assisting in making notification 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 such as earthquakes, bombings and similar critical incidents.

What are the requirements to become a Police Chaplain?

  • All applicants must possess a valid California Driver’s license.
  • Must have at least five years of successful ministry experience with a recognized church or religious denomination.
  • Must be above reproach, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not be addicted to alcohol or other drugs, not contentious, and free from excessive debt.
  • Must manage their household, family, and personal affairs well.
  • Must have a good reputation with those outside the church.
  • Must successful pass a series of interviews to determine suitability for the program.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Must possess an Ecclesiastical Endorsement - On letterhead, currently dated and signed from a denominational or congregational official attesting that you are in good standing with your denomination and that they endorse you to serve as a law enforcement chaplain.

If you would like to join our Police Chaplain Program, or need for more information, please contact Sgt. Robert Rosas at rrosas@glendaleca.gov