In addition, more
than twenty volunteer community chaplains representing
various faiths also serve the Department and citizens in
time of crisis. All chaplains are available to anyone
regardless of their individual religious beliefs.
The chaplains take part in many departmental functions,
including promotion ceremonies, graduation ceremonies and
training activities. They also assist during times of crisis
and provide both counsel and support for the police and the
Chaplains Bridgen and Becknall assist police families with
funeral arrangements and grief counseling. They also conduct
Critical Incident Management services. These two full-time
chaplains are on call 24-7 and will respond to virtually any
situation in which they are needed.
A Board of Directors comprised of San Jose Police personnel
oversees the Chaplaincy Program.
The Chaplaincy Program is a non-profit organization funded
by contributions. Some of its expenses include:
* Stuffed animals for children.
* Food, toys and turkeys for over 200 needy families during
the holiday season.
* Soda, water, and snacks for officers using our office
* Chaplaincy golf shirts for the Volunteer Chaplains
* Monthly rental expenditures.
* Printed material to hand out to grieving individuals
* Training materials for Community Chaplains
* Various office supplies
* Salaries for two full-time Chaplains and a part-time
For more information, please call the Chaplaincy Office at
Thank you for your interest in our program.
--Chaplains Dave Bridgen and Jim Becknall