Chaplaincy Corps

Police Chaplain

The Chaplaincy Corps is established to make ministerial counsel available to the department employees and the citizens of the Friendswood community. The police chaplains will work in conjunction with the crime victim liaison and offer spiritual counsel and psychological first aid, thereby helping to alleviate suffering for all members of the department and the citizens of the Friendswood community at any time and place needed. Their responsibilities shall include all activities that provide aid, comfort and the mitigation of stress to families, department employees, volunteers, prisoners, and other members of the community who interact with the police department.

A police chaplain must hold the following requirements and qualifications prior to applying for a volunteer position:

The Friendswood Police Chaplain Corps shall consist of volunteers who meet the requirements set forth by the Friendswood Police Department. All Chaplains shall make their time, talents and services available to all who are in need without regard to race, nationality, creed, gender, or religious or political affiliation. Financial compensation shall be limited to occasional training seminars and reimbursement for some expenses incurred when approved. Confidentiality is a legal and moral responsibility of chaplains that can only be breached when there is threat of death, threat of serious bodily injury or when national security is jeopardized.

A Police Chaplain will provide the following services to police officers and their families:

A Police Chaplain will provide the following services to the community:

A Police Chaplain’s essential job functions include:

Provide Crisis Counseling. This refers to in-person crisis interventions, emotional support, guidance, and counseling provided by counselors, mental health professionals, or peers. Such counseling may occur at the scene of a crime, immediately after a crime, or during the first in-person contact between an advocate and victim. This includes meeting a victim in the emergency room or at a police station.

Provide victims with detailed information about the criminal justice system and the investigation process.

Assist with clerical duties within the Crime Victim Assistance Office, i.e. filing, mailing notifications, ordering supplies, shredding, restocking resources, and special projects as assigned.

Provide information and assistance to victims/witnesses that must testify in court;

Provide information about individual case status and outcome.

Provide accompaniment to emergency medical services in cases involving injury.

Provide information to crime victims about their constitutional rights and statutory rights, and the availability of Crime Victims’ Compensation.

Provide follow up contact with victims by telephone, in writing, or in person 24 to 48 hours after the crime to see if assistance has been sought.

Provide immediate referrals to community agencies that offer emergency services.

Provide education and training for departmental personnel, the public and other local service providers about the needs and rights of victims in the criminal justice system.

The volunteer performing administrative duties will provide a six-month commitment to the program, volunteering four hours weekly to the program.

Any department property that is issued to a volunteer must be signed in and out by the victim liaison. Once the volunteer and/or intern’s shift is complete, Department property must be returned within 24 hours.

A professional demeanor is to be maintained at all times. If a volunteer is unable to maintain appropriate and proper demeanor, the victim liaison will be notified immediately. Inability to maintain a professional demeanor may be reason for dismissal from the program.

Appropriate clothing must be worn. Halter-tops, shorts, or mini-skirts are examples of inappropriate dress attire. A professional image must be displayed at all times. Acceptable clothing includes slacks or jeans in good condition (no tears or holes), comfortable clean shirt, and close-toed shoes. It is preferred that volunteers refrain from wearing heels for safety and comfort.

Due to changing laws and policies, scheduled training is mandatory. If a volunteer is unable to attend, the victim liaison must be contacted to receive the updates.

The responsibilities and duties of the Victim Assistance Volunteer are subject to change as deemed appropriate to better suit the Crime Victims Assistance Program.

The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training, which would be given in an education environment;

The internship is for the benefit of the intern;

The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;

The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;

The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and

The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship. College or university applicants must apply for internship through the Friendswood Police Department for a volunteer intern position. A background investigation will be conducted on all applicants.

The application process will include a detailed criteria of the applicant’s field study class and expectations of the university or college, including the required hours needed.

Following acceptance in the Crime Victim Assistance Program, the Victim Liaison and intern will develop a plan of action that meets the needs of the intern as well as the needs of the Crime Victim Assistance Program

The internship terminates when the student has fulfilled the required hours in time prescribed by the university or college. All Department-issued property will be returned to the Department at the end of the internship, including name badge and access card.

Provide Crisis Counseling - This refers to in-person crisis interventions, emotional support, guidance, and counseling provided by counselors, mental health professionals, or peers. Such counseling may occur at the scene of a crime, immediately after a crime, or during the first in-person contact between an advocate and victim. This includes meeting a victim in the emergency room or at a police station.

Provide victims with detailed information about the criminal justice system and the investigation process;

Assist with clerical duties within the Crime Victim Assistance Office, i.e. filing, mailing notifications, ordering supplies, shredding, restocking resources, and special projects as assigned;

Provide information and assistance to victims/witnesses that must testify in court;

Provide information about individual case status and outcome;

Provide accompaniment to emergency medical services in cases involving injury;

Provide information to crime victims about their constitutional rights and statutory rights, and the availability of Crime Victims’ Compensation;

Provide follow up contact with victims by telephone, in writing, or in person 24 to 48 hours after the crime to see if assistance has been sought;

Provide immediate referrals to community agencies that offer emergency services;

Provide education and training for departmental personnel, the public and other local service providers about the needs and rights of victims in the criminal justice system;

Victim Assistance Interns performing administrative duties will work the duration of their school semester(s). Weekly amount of hours will depend on the intern’s time schedule to meet the required hours set forth by the university or college they attend.

Any department property that is issued to a volunteer must be signed in and out by the victim liaison. Once the volunteer and/or intern’s shift is complete, Department property must be returned within 24 hours.

A professional demeanor is to be maintained at all times. If an intern is unable to maintain appropriate and proper demeanor, the victim liaison will be notified immediately. Inability to maintain a professional demeanor may be reason for dismissal from the program.

Appropriate clothing must be worn. Halter-tops, shorts, or mini-skirts are examples of inappropriate dress attire. A professional image must be displayed at all times. Acceptable clothing includes slacks or jeans in good condition (no tears or holes), comfortable clean shirt, and close toed shoes.

Due to changing laws and policies, scheduled training is mandatory. If an intern is unable to attend, the victim liaison must be contacted to receive the updates.

The responsibilities and duties of the Victim Assistance Intern are subject to change as deemed appropriate to better suit the Crime Victims Assistance Program.

A chaplain must be an ordained or licensed minister, of a recognized faith, in good standing within his own denomination for a minimum of three years.

A chaplain must have appropriate professional training and experience.

A chaplain must show a spirit of understanding and love for his fellow man and relate easily to people.

A chaplain must be tactful and considerate in his approach to all people regardless of race, color or creed.

A chaplain must indicate a willingness to be involved in training that would enhance his efficiency in aiding people in crisis.

A chaplain must be willing and available to serve as required. The congregation served by the chaplain must be willing to allow time for this new ministry.

A chaplain must submit an amended city application for employment, and include with this a brief history of his religious training and work.

A chaplain must not now be, or ever have been, a member of any group dedicated to the overthrow of the Government of the United States.

A chaplain must give written consent to allow the police department to run a complete background investigation.

A chaplain must be willing to sign a waiver of liability for the City.

A chaplain must be willing to ride with a police officer for the number of hours as stipulated by the Chief of Police as training to familiarize himself with all aspects of police patrol duties.

A chaplain should be willing to become a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and work toward advanced credentials.

Counseling; to include Spiritual, Premarital, Marital, Stress Management and Family.

Visitation of sick or injured officers and family

Assisting with funeral arrangements

Providing invocations and benedictions

Other reasonable services deemed appropriate

Counseling

Stress management at the scene of accidents, conflict or death

Spiritual (upon request)

Delivery of death notifications

Responding to threatened or completed suicide

Other reasonable requests deemed appropriate

Maintain the high standards of integrity of the Friendswood Police Department and the Chaplain Corps at all times

Comply with Department’s Guidelines of Professional Conduct

Identification provided to chaplains should be displayed when serving in official capacity

Promptly respond to calls, but obey all traffic laws

Attend meetings and training as provided for chaplains

Chaplains should be available to perform spiritual related tasks within the purview of their training and experience

Chaplains shall continually strive to advance their knowledge and skills in those areas that will enhance their job performance

Chaplains shall acquire a basic knowledge of the duties of the law enforcement officer.

Chaplains shall be familiar with proper police radio procedures.

The chaplain on duty will be available to the dispatcher at all times either by pager or telephone.

Chaplains should assist in contacting the appropriate resources to aid the public when necessary.

The responsibilities and duties of the Chaplain Corp are subject to change as deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police.