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Police Chaplains are community clergy members who volunteer for the Frederick Police Department.  They serve in a wide variety of ways.  They can be called upon to assist and support families in times of crisis or death of a loved one.  

A Volunteer Chaplain is a Person Who:

  • is willing to serve as a team member of the Frederick Police Department;

  • is ready to assist members of the Department personally and in the exercising of the duties assigned to them;


  • has the gifts and graces necessary to fulfill this special ministry;

  • evidences in actions, words, and attitudes a high spiritual and moral character;

  • has the desire to serve the citizens of Frederick from a unique perspective;

  • is willing to make themselves available to assist the Department when called upon;

  • brings at least five years of experience in ministry;

  • has endorsement and credentials from a recognized religious body; and,

  • has successfully completed a thorough background check.

What Do Volunteer Chaplains Do?  Duties and Responsibilities

Below are some of the duties that are performed by the Volunteer Chaplains. 

  • assist departmental officials in making notifications to families of police officers receiving serious injury or upon death.  Respond to the scene of death or injury, when presence would be helpful;

  • assist departmental officials in making notifications of serious injury or death to families, and their personal clergy, of police officers or private citizens;

  • when an officer is seriously injured or has died on duty, respond to the hospital emergency room on request and identify himself to the hospital staff and the hospital chaplain and work with both according to common ethical courtesies;

  • visit or contact sick or injured police personnel at home or in the hospital;

  • attend and participate in funerals/memorial services of active as well as retired members of the Department;

  • be on-call and, if at all possible, on the street during any major demonstrations in the City or any public function requiring the presence of a large number of police officers;

  • counsel officers with personal problems

  • present formal lectures and make presentations at the police academy;

  • attend departmental graduations, promotions, award ceremonies, and offer invocations and benedictions;

  • participate in “in-service” training classes as requested;

  • be willing to enter into training courses to enhance his/her effectiveness;

  • periodically attend roll calls and participate in roll call training efforts as requested;

  • assist as requested in the Department’s community and public relations efforts;

  • attend regular staff meetings of the Chaplains and discuss mutual problems and programs;

  • provide liaison with other religious leaders within the community;

  • respond to all major disasters in the City:  bombings, collapsed buildings, explosions, airplane crashes, multi-alarm fires, unusual industrial accidents and other disasters; and,

  • make referrals in cases where specialized attention is needed, or in those cases beyond the Chaplain’s ability to assist.

To get more information about the Volunteer Chaplain Corps please contact:

Lt. Joe Hayer

Commander, Patrol Division I