- They make themselves available to people who need someone to talk to someone in confidence.
- By their on-going presence, they become aware of the stresses & strains of life in their force and try to help staff at all levels by being a critical friend.
- All chaplains will pray regularly for their force and for the situations and members of staff they are involved with.
- If appropriate, they visit staff who are ill at home or in hospital and they offer care to families and friends.
- They get involved if a member of staff dies, particularly if this is whilst in service.
- They lead formal religious services such as carol services or memorial services. They may also officiate at weddings and baptisms, if appropriate.
- Although chaplains are appointed specifically to care for all staff, they will, of course, help with victims or offenders if necessary and will certainly offer advice on matters of religious faith.
- They are available as an operational resource to officers; for example, in situations of distress or death.
Chaplains don’t try to convert you!