The Police Chaplain Unit of the Shafter Police Department was started in September of 1990. Pastor Gary Long currently organizes, leads, and participates in the program.
The chaplains purpose is to minister to all that desire their help. They deliver death notices, counsel those in need and are available to the officers of the Police Department.
They are often times called out by the police department anytime, day or night, to assist in particularly difficult incidents. They are responsible for a duty week beginning on Monday and ending on Sunday in which they are asked to ride in a squad car at least 10 hours per month.
This is a volunteer group serving the Police Department. Each chaplain desires to serve the community in any way possible and lend themselves available at all times.
Police chaplains, like all volunteers working on behalf of the Police Department must go through a background investigation and obtain the required clearances. If you are interested in more information about this program, please contact Pastor Long or Captain Jeff Bell.