Chaplains Program

The Sheriff's Chaplains Program is the newest of the Volunteer Programs managed by the Volunteer Services Unit. The program aims to provide support to both the citizens of Contra Costa County and the employees of the Office of the Sheriff. The Chaplains provide all types of services, including Crisis Response, Critical Incident Response, Crisis Intervention, Death Notifications, Counseling and other support functions. Each of the Chaplains assigned to the program have completed specialized training and all are experienced clergy people. The members of the Chaplains Program also provide confidential services to employees of the Office of the Sheriff. >The Chaplains Program is affiliated with the Delta Ministry Center of Oakley, California. Currently, the program has 25 Chaplains and is available 24 hours a day.

The Chaplaincy Program's mission is "to provide encouragement and comfort in a secular manner to the people and Law Enforcement Communities of Contra Costa County. This service is to be available on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week basis to Law Enforcement Agencies within Contra Costa County. Chaplaincy services will be provided on a volunteer basis and Chaplains will receive no payment or compensation for this service."

In the year 2003 Chaplains in Contra Costa County have given 4,128 hours of their time helping the Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Contra Costa County.

To apply for membership with the Sheriff's Chaplain Program, you must:

  • Be an ordained or licensed member of the clergy in good standing and endorsed for the Chaplaincy by a recognized religious denomination
  • Maintain high spiritual and moral standards

  • Manifest a broad base of experience and professional maturity, emotional stability and personal flexibility

  • Be tactful and considerate in his/her approach to all people, regardless of religion, race, color, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, medical condition, marital status, sex or age

  • Indicate a willingness to be involved in training that would enhance one's efficiency in meeting and dealing with people in crisis (e.g. trauma intervention) and should be familiar with community resources and referral services

  • Be willing and available to respond to any and all situations where his/her presence as Chaplain is indicated

  • Possess a valid and current California driver's license

The Volunteer Services Unit is continually accepting applications for the Sheriff's Chaplains Program.

Fill out the application and either mail or delivery the application to:

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office
Volunteer Services Unit
50 Glacier Drive
Martinez, CA. 94553 For any questions contact: Volunteer Services Coordinator
(925) 646-4461

Download Volunteer Services Application
Download Volunteer Services Hour Log