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Church State Issues

Tempe Police Chaplin Program violates 1st Amendment & Arizona Constitution

Oct 4, 2011

Location: City of Tempe
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 967-2001
tempe_police@tempe.gov

What part of mixing government and religion is unconstitutional doesn't the City of Tempe understand?

This program violates both the Arizona Constitution and the US Constitution:

Arizona Constitution:

Article 2 Section 12. ... No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise, or instruction, or to the support of any religious establishment. No religious qualification shall be required for any public office or employment ...
U.S. Constitution:
First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ...
Tempe Police Chaplains

The Tempe Police Department is pleased to announce the formation of its Chaplain Program. A group of four volunteers was chosen in December of 2007 and has been available to provide spiritual assistance to Police employees and their families on an on-call basis ever since. These Chaplains will also be available for Critical Incidents, Weddings, Funerals, and other employee requested needs.

Our four Chaplains have the following responsibilities:

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

For further information on this program, please contact Officer Brandon Banks at brandon_banks@tempe.gov or at 480-350-8856. make a public records request to get all the emails and memos sent to and from theise police chaplins. also make a public records request to get all the police reports filed out by these chaplins also make a public records request to get all the time sheets and other documents these chaplins have filled out

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

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Officer Brandon Banks
Tempe Police Chaplin Program
Tempe Police Department
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona
85281

480-350-8856
brandon_banks@tempe.gov

Thomas J. Ryff
Chief of Police
Tempe Police Department
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona
85281

(480)350-8306
tempe_police@tempe.gov

Hugh Hallman, Mayor
City of Tempe
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona
85281

480-350-8865
480-350-8406 Fax
hugh_hallman@tempe.gov

Joel Navarro
City of Tempe
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona
85281

480-350-8795
480-350-8831 Fax
joel_navarro@tempe.gov

Robin Arredondo-Savage
City of Tempe
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona
85281

480-350-8792
480-350-8836 Fax
robin_arredondo-savage@tempe.gov

Shana Ellis
City of Tempe
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona
85281

480-350-8813
480-350-8997 Fax
shana_ellis@tempe.gov

Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona
85281

480-350-8793
480-350-8836 Fax
mark_mitchell@tempe.gov

Onnie Shekerjian
City of Tempe
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona
85281

480-350-8819
480-350-8831 Fax
onnie_shekerjian@tempe.gov

Corey Woods
City of Tempe
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona
85281

480-350-8798
480-350-8997 Fax
corey_woods@tempe.gov