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Sheriff ramps up Chaplain program

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

For the Sheriff’s Office, Chaplains play a valuable role in providing spiritual and emotional support for deputies and their families.

Chaplains are men and women who are specialized and ordained in their field. These valuable members of the Sheriff’s Office stand with deputies during any given situation. Chaplains volunteer their time and come from all walks in life.

“There are instances when deputies witness horrific acts of violence and cruelty. Although my deputies are trained to deal with those situations, there is a propensity for deputies to experience residual feelings as a result of their job and what they see,” said Sheriff John Cottle. “Chaplains are trusted individuals who are available to help deputies deal with the stresses of the job.”

The Chaplain’s primary purpose is to meet the spiritual and crisis needs of the officers, families and department personnel, while maintaining the confidence, trust and integrity of the Department.

In addition, Chaplains provide spiritual services for county inmates.

Chaplain services include but not limited the following:

  • A Chaplain is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Chaplains provide guidance and counseling for department personnel
  • Chaplains are available to officers during a crisis situation
  • Chaplains are able to officiate at funerals, weddings, baptisms, dedication ceremonies and other pastoral functions as requested
  • Chaplains are able to officiate at memorial services and other religious ceremonies
  • Chaplains are available for hospital visitations
  • Chaplains are available to assist with the Crisis Response Team as requested.

Chaplains are available to assist other Departments throughout the County at the discretion of the Sheriff.

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