The Chaplains of the San Ramon Police Department exist to be a resource to community members, officers and other department personnel. Chaplains are on call to be utilized by officers in the community when there is a critical incident where a tragic or sudden loss has occurred. They interface with community members to help them deal with sudden trauma and grief providing them with a caring presence as well as additional resources to help them through their ordeal. Chaplains also work directly with officers and personnel as a resource to them as they deal with the stress and demands of law enforcement. The work of a law enforcement chaplain encompasses the tangible, emotional and spiritual needs of people under duress.
The duties of the Police Chaplain may include, but are not limited to:
- Riding along with officers on routine patrol on various shifts.
- Attending line ups and debriefings
- Offer training to officers in areas of critical incident stress management and dealing with the public during traumatic events.
- Accompanying a police officer to assist with death notifications.
- Working with police officers to assist in any kind of crisis situation where the presence of a trained chaplain might help.
- Counseling department members in response to stress or family crisis problems. Counsel is privileged and confidential between the officer and chaplain involved.
- Visiting with sick or injured members of the department.
- Offering prayers at special occasions such as recruit graduations, award ceremonies and dedications of buildings, etc.
- Serving on review boards and/or other committees.
- Advising the Chief of Police in all matters of a religious nature involving the Police Department and performance of law enforcement duties in the community. Further, Chaplains shall act as liaison with local ministerial associations and on matters pertaining to the moral, spiritual, and religious welfare of police personnel.
- Assisting the Police Department in the performance of appropriate ceremonial functions.
- Providing practical assistance to victims.
- Assisting at suicide incidents.
- Assisting with specialized teams (Crisis Response, Critical Incident Stress Management, Peer Support, Hostage Negotiation, SWAT, etc.) given the appropriate, specialized training.