The purpose of the Westminster Police Department Chaplain Program is to improve police services and increase understanding between the Department and the community. The program is designed to offer a voluntary professional religious/social ministry to the community, especially during times of stress and in emergency situations where a Chaplain’s specialized skills would be beneficial. Police Chaplains will also offer departmental personnel and their families, upon request, individual or family counseling and spiritual support during times of crisis or need.

Every person selected as a Chaplain shall meet the following standards:

  • A credentialed (licensed or ordained) minister within his/her own denomination.
  • A minister or otherwise recognized clergy on the staff of a church or synagogue.
  • Possesses a valid and current California Driver’s License.
  • Agrees to engage in training approved by the Chief of Police that will enhance the Chaplain’s efficiency in meeting and dealing with police-related incidents.
  • Successfully completes the application, interview, and background investigation portions of the selection process.
  • Accept and comply with the policies and procedures of the Westminster Police Department.
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of eight hours each month.
  • Willing to show compassion and understanding for all persons, regardless of race, creed or social position.

If you have any questions about the program or if you are interested in becoming a Chaplain, you may contact Chaplain Coordinator Commander Al Panella at 714-548-3715.