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Manteca's first police chaplain was appointed July 1, 2002.  The number of police chaplains grew to 3 in 2006.  Our chaplains are all volunteers and each is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains (I.C.P.C.) located in Destin, Florida.  Each Chaplain is a professionally trained minister and each has received specialized training to be certified as a police chaplain.  Our Chaplains bring varieties of expertise and experiences into the job and each has a heart to serve not only our police personnel but our citizens as well.

Chaplains are assigned a liaison and assistant officer to monitor chaplain activities, oversee scheduling and to assist in the establishment of policies and procedures for the chaplains.

What do Chaplains do?

  • In-house training - Chaplains offer in-service training, personal counsel, post-traumatic stress debriefing, ride-along and call-out services and assistance to officers in emergency situations.  They also take part in the National Night Out block parties hosted by our city.
  • Public Service - Chaplains are available for emergency notifications, grief counseling, domestic violence counseling, hospital visits, guiding the public to needed public service agencies, and when needed are able to provide funeral services.  The I.C.P.C. states, "Theirs is a ministry of presence when someone needs someone else to talk with."


Senior Chaplain Jim Day

  Chaplain Ann-Lesley Smith

    Chaplain Dave Thompson


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