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Police Chaplain Program

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The Eau Claire Police Department Chaplain Program began in 1998 with nine volunteer chaplains. The Chaplains received in excess of 30 hours of training on a variety of topics including the role of police chaplain, victim assistance, crisis pastoral care, death notification, confidentiality and privileged communications, police procedures, crime scene investigation, and line of duty injury and death. Chaplains also meet monthly for on-going training and support. The Chaplains carry pagers and are available on a 24-hour on call basis. They work closely with the Crisis Response Specialist, who is employed by the Eau Claire County District Attorney's Office. The Crisis Response Specialist provides a variety of services to crime victims within Eau Claire County.

Chaplains assist officers in a variety of situations, to include, but not limited to: death notification, homicide/suicide cases, fatal or serious injury accidents, critical incidents, comfort to victims and families, line of duty injury or death, and personal issues of department employees, if requested.