The Selah Police Department has three Police Chaplains who serve on a volunteer basis. Their role is to support SPD staff as well as to be a resource for the community in times of crisis and/or need. The core roles of a police chaplain consist of:
- Supporting members of the local law enforcement community, sworn and non-sworn
- Supporting officers in areas such as Stress Management, Post Incident Care, & Burn-Out
- Serving as part of a department’s Crisis Response Team
- Assisting the department in making death notifications
- Assisting at suicide incidents
- Providing guidance should a Line Of Duty Death occur within the department or community.
- Providing assistance to victims
- Supporting the families of law enforcement officers
- Visiting sick or injured officers and departmental personnel in homes and hospitals
- Offering prayer at special occasions such as recruit graduations, awards ceremonies, dedication of buildings, retirement ceremonies.
- Serving as liaison with clergy in the community
- Serving on review boards, award boards, and other committees
- Assisting with transients and the homeless
- Providing for the spiritual needs of staff & prisoners as requested