The San Diego County Sheriff's Department Chaplain Program was established in 1995 by Sheriff Bill Kolender to provide an additional resource of support for department employees and their families. Chaplains serve Sheriff's stations and offices across the county. Some of the Chaplain duties include, but are not limited to, providing counsel and comfort to employees and their families, invocations, helping with community concerns, critical incident assistance and much more. Chaplains also get to participate in some law enforcement activities such as attend patrol briefings and ride alongs with deputies.

Want to become part of this elite team? Qualifications to be a Sheriff's Chaplain generally include:
  • Strong faith, great love and concern for people.
  • Sufficient education and training.
  • Ecclesiastical Certification by a recognized religious body.
  • Five years of ministerial experience.
  • Current involvement in a ministry or religious organization in the county.
  • A broad base of life and ministry experience.
  • Demonstrable emotional stability and personal flexibility.
  • A confident personality, an approachable spirit, and an amiable disposition.
  • Genuine love, concern and compassion for those in law enforcement.
  • A willingness to invest in specialized training.
  • A California driver’s license.
  • No conviction of a felony or a criminal offense involving moral turpitude.
  • Passing interviews with the Chaplain Personnel Director and Leadership Team.
  • Passing a department background check.
  • Be able to volunteer 8 hours a month to the program.
To learn more about the Sheriff's Chaplain program, send an email to