San Jose Police Department Chaplaincy

San Jose Police Department Chaplaincy



We are glad you are interested in knowing a little bit about us.

Our web site tells about the history of the San Jose Police Chaplaincy Program and includes a profile of Chaplains Dave and Jim.

Who We Are & What We Do

The San Jose Police Chaplaincy Program is 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization. The program does not fall under the police department or the city of San Jose in any way. The program is funded by Officer’s donations and donations from community members.

The San Jose Police Chaplains serve the department in many ways; listed below is a list of some of the services provided by the chaplains:

The chaplains ride with officers on routine patrol on various shifts to encourage and support them in their duties.

Crisis Management:
The chaplains partner with SJPD’s Crisis Management Unit and assist with O.I.S Debriefings and work with police officers to assist in any kind of crisis situation where the presence of a chaplain might help. The chaplains counsel department members in response to stress or family crisis problems upon request. Any communication with a chaplain is privileged and confidential between the department member and chaplain involved.

The chaplains attend and support all department functions, such as promotion ceremonies, academy graduations, police memorials, and retirement functions.

Emotional Support:
The chaplains visit injured officers in the hospital and at home to support them and their family.

Serving Families:
The Chaplains officiate at weddings, funerals, and child dedications. They also support the spouses of Officers and their children with any work or family related issues.

Death Notification:
The chaplains assist with death notifications when requested by department members.

Spouse Academy:
The chaplains provided a spouse, family, and significant other academy. This is done to introduce the family members of new officers to the police department and help them understand some of the things their loved ones will be experiencing.

The chaplains keep in communication with department members as much as possible. They attend briefings, tour the detective bureau, and write articles for SJPD’s weekly news letter titled “The Insider.”

Your financial gift is fully tax deductible.

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