The primary role of the law enforcement chaplain is what he/she does for the agency and the secondary role is what the chaplain does with the agency.
A law enforcement chaplain’s principal task is to minister to the officers in his assigned area. Befriending them, providing a listening ear, and counseling when requested to do so are parts of the ministry of the law enforcement chaplain. He/she also supports an officer’s family in the time of injury or death.
Chaplains also serve as a liaison between the law enforcement agency and the local community. They can also bring to the table a knowledge of and access to resources and help to develop bridges between officers and community leaders.
Chaplains can be the face of the department when they participate in public events by offering invocations, serving community members at funeral and burial services, and providing support during death notifications.
There are 14 modules in this course, in which you will learn fundamentals of Adventist law enforcement chaplaincy. This course is worth 0.5 CEU.
You will learn the rationale for law enforcement chaplaincy, how to relate to law enforcement agencies, qualification requirements, and how to get started as a law enforcement chaplain. You will learn theological foundations and discuss the importance of confidentiality. You will learn about crisis intervention and disaster responsibilities. You will learn about counseling, how to deal with death notifications, and specific responsibilities when an officer has died. Finally, you will discuss additional considerations specific to law enforcement chaplaincy.
Claudio Consuegra joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1976. At Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Maryland, he met and married Pamela Napier, the associate director of the Family Ministries Department for the North American Division (NAD). Prior to being elected Family Ministries Director for the NAD, Claudio served as ministerial, evangelism, communication, ethnic ministries, and family ministries director as well as the Vice President for Administration for the Minnesota Conference. For three years, he and Pam hosted a national call-in talk show on LifeTalk Radio. During his career as a pastor, Claudio has been a law enforcement chaplain (CMC) and critical stress management specialist. After 9/11, he was deployed at Ground Zero, serving also after the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse. Claudio holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University), a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family counseling from Radford University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree, with an emphasis in family ministries, from Andrews University. He and Pamela have been married for more than 35 years and have two daughters, Diana and Hadassah, and sons-in-law, Andrew and Greggory.