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Tempe Police mix religion and government and have a chaplin program

Oct 12, 2010

Tempe City Government

The Tempe Police Department is pleased to announce the formation of its Chaplain Program. This group of volunteer chaplains will provide spiritual assistance to Police employees and their families on an on-call basis. Chaplains will be available for Critical Incidents, Weddings, Funerals, and other employee requested needs.

At present we are in the process of bringing on three chaplains to assist with the spiritual needs of our Police Department. Once the application process and necessary background checks have been completed, we will announce those chaplains to our employees as well as here on this webpage. We hope to be making that announcement by October 1, 2007.

Our volunteer chaplains will have the following responsibilities and qualifications

RESPONSIBILITIES: (as requested)

  • Responding to Critical Incidents
  • Officiating at Funerals
  • Assisting with Notification of Death or Serious Injury
  • Conducting Hospital Visitation
  • Conducting Home Visitation
  • Providing Counseling
  • Assisting with Public Ceremonies
  • Officiating at Weddings
  • 10 hours worth of ride-alongs per month
  • Periodically attending briefings


  • Training from an accredited theological seminary or religious institution
  • Commissioned, licensed, or ordained by a religious body
  • Affiliation in good standing with a local congregation
  • Demonstration of successful experience in counseling and crisis intervention
  • A valid Arizona drivers license, proper insurance, independent transportation, and personal cell phone


  • Been convicted of a felony
  • Been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces
  • Illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported marijuana for sale
  • Illegally used marijuana for any purpose within the past three years
  • Illegally used marijuana more than 20 times total or more than 5 times since age 21
  • Illegally used dangerous drugs or narcotics more than 5 times total or more than once since age 21
  • Illegally sold, produced, cultivated, or transported dangerous drugs or narcotics for sale
  • Illegally used dangerous drugs or narcotics within the past seven years. This includes, but is not limited to cocaine/crack, heroin, opium, morphine, LSD/acid, methamphetamine/speed, peyote (except during religious ceremonies), mescaline, or steroids after 1994
  • Had a pattern of abusing prescription medication
  • Convicted or adjudged of violating traffic regulations with such a frequency in the past three years so as to indicate a disrespect of traffic laws and a disregard for the safety of persons on the highway
  • Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute
  • Lied during any part of this application process
  • Falsified his or her application


  • Unlawful sexual misconduct
  • Excessive traffic violations
  • DUI conviction or suspension of your AZ drivers license as a result of a DUI
  • Commission of a felony
  • Any discharge from the United States Armed Forces other than an honorable discharge
  • A pattern of failing to meet financial obligations
  • Used or tried any narcotic or dangerous drugs by injection
  • Any other conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession