The Torrance Police Chaplain Program began in 1992 with five chaplains, representing major religions. The program was designed to enhance service understanding between the community by offering voluntary chaplain ministry during emergency situations, times of stress and other events that require the specialized skills of a chaplain. Police chaplains also offer department personnel, their families, upon request, individual or family counseling and spiritual support.
The duties of the Chaplain's generally include the following activities:
- Be available to families in traumatic situations
- Respond to major incidents and cases involving serious injury
- Participate in ride-along's
- Provide input to the Department on community problems, needs, concerns, and interest as learned from the community
Chaplains are issued Department identification cards and blue jackets to identify them as Torrance Police Department Chaplains. They meet once per month at the station. The Chief's Office has overall administrative supervision of the Chaplains; the lieutenant assigned to that office is responsible for selecting, training and coordinating the Police Chaplain Program.
Anyone interested in becoming a Police Chaplain may contact the Office of the Chief of Police, Chief's Adjutant, at 310-618-5688.