Designed and implemented as an additional service of the police department to the citizens of Lebanon, the Police Chaplain Program is also accessible to employees of the department. Police Chaplains are governed by written department policy.
The Police Chaplains are available on an on-call basis 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and their duties may include;
- Make death notifications
- Provide assistance to victims
- Assist at suicide incidents
- Serve as part of department Crisis Response Team
- Liaison with community clergy
- Provide for spiritual needs of prisoners
- Furnish expert responses to religious questions
- Interact with transient and homeless persons
- Be available for the needs of officers and department personnel and their families
- Visit sick or injured officers and departmental persons in homes or hospital
- Offer prayers at special occasions such as department meetings, ceremonies, and police department activities.
The Police Chaplains spend many hours at the police department riding with officers on patrol. When approved by a Watch Commander the Police Chaplain may also perform duties within Warren County and/or other jurisdictions requesting such services.
All Police Chaplains are volunteers but are “sworn in” as a police officer would be. Our Police Chaplains are provided a Lebanon Division of Police badge and identification card, with title of “Chaplain” on the badge and card, and are required to have these while performing duties.