APD's chaplain program is a non-traditional program designed to meet the needs of officers and civilian employees and to help officers become more familiar with the districts in which they work. A major benefit of this program is to provide an opportunity for officers and employees who are interested in becoming connected with a member of our faith community who wishes to be of service to APD.
We currently have 18 volunteer chaplains with an additional group ready to be trained in April 2010. The chaplains are volunteers, recruited from all faiths and denominations across our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community. The volunteer chaplains participate in ride-alongs with patrol officers, conduct invocations on appropriate occasions, provide counseling when specifically requested, visit sick or injured officers and other employees, and provide community input.
The chaplains are another resource to the officers and employees in their time of need. The program is designed to work with and complement our excellent APD divisions of Victim Services and Psychological Services. The chaplains assist other law enforcement agencies when officers are injured or killed in the line of duty. At no time do the chaplains use their volunteer status to try and convert anyone to their religion or to gain membership in their congregations.
For more information about the Chaplain Program please contact Mario Renteria by phone 512-974-4735 or by email.