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Police Chaplain Program

The Tracy Police Department’s Chaplains are first responders to the first responders, committed to the support and well-being of the department’s sworn and non-sworn personnel and their families in professional or personal crisis, and to serve the community of Tracy in times of crisis or tragedy.
Chaplains Don Higgins and Juan Martinez operate on both a proactive and reactive basis, offering assistance that is available, accessible, & confidential 24 hours a day, which includes but is not limited to:  

  • Serving as the Chaplain and Pastoral Care Providers for all employees and immediate family members
  • Developing relationships and maintaining contact with all personnel through weekly worksite visits to the facilities
  • Making hospital visits to employees and family members
  • Officiating at weddings, including assistance in planning the ceremony, as well as pre-martial confidential pastoral discussions
  • Performing funerals, including assistance with grief management, planning the funeral service, and supporting family members after the funeral
  • Acting as a member of a “Death Notification Team” of the department for any employee killed in a job-related incident or who died of natural causes while on the job, as well as assisting officers in making death notifications to members of the community
  • Participating in new employee orientation, VIPS Academy, Citizen Academy and local service organizations to explain the Police Chaplaincy Program
  • Representing the department where it would be appropriate to have the Chaplain involved (i.e. serious illness, accidents, and funerals), if requested
  • Participate with the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team
  • Work closely with Peer Support and Employee Assistance Programs 
  • Crisis intervention at emergency scenes
  • Participating in Town Halls after a tragedy
  • Search and Rescue assistance in the field
  • Follow-up services to families

Chaplains are local ordained or licensed clergy with a minimum of 5 years experience as clergy and have received highly specialized training in the field of law enforcement chaplaincy.

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