Qualifications and Qualities
While the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) recognizes the right and obligation of each law enforcement agency to establish qualifications and qualities for law enforcement chaplains with its agency, the ICPC offers the following suggestions as a help in maintaining professionalism in law enforcement chaplaincy:
A law enforcement chaplain must never have been convicted of a criminal offense or offenses involving moral turpitude.
A law enforcement chaplain should be an ecclesiastically certified person in good standing and endorsed for law enforcement chaplaincy by a recognized religious body, with five (5) years experience in ministry.
A law enforcement chaplain should have a specialized interest in law enforcement chaplaincy by training, working experience and appointment.
A law enforcement chaplain should be able and willing to be carefully screened by a local law enforcement chaplaincy committee and/or appointed authorities.
A law enforcement chaplain should be available to serve on a 24-hour call basis, determined and governed by the head law enforcement chaplain and/or chief of police.
A law enforcement chaplain should manifest a broad base of experience and professional ministry, emotional stability and personal flexibility.
A law enforcement chaplain should be tactful and considerate in approaching all people regardless of race, sex, creed or religion.
A law enforcement chaplain should be willing to become involved in training programs that enhance one's efficiency in meeting and dealing with people in crisis and should be familiar with community medical, psychiatric and other helping resources in the local area.