The Chaplains serve the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office by providing a source of strength and compassion to those who protect and serve Gallatin County in law enforcement, their families, other members of the department, the broader first responder community, and the citizens of Gallatin County.
Chaplains work and ride with the patrol deputies, jail staff, dispatchers, and other law enforcement agencies in our county and in other counties as needed in times of crisis. They wear the brown Sheriff’s Office uniform with crosses on the collar and badge to identify themselves as chaplains. Chaplains are on call 24/7 to:
- Counsel law enforcement officers and other members of the agencies.
- Counsel the families of law enforcement officers and other department personnel.
- Visit sick or injured officers and agency personnel in homes and hospitals.
- Make death notifications.
- Provide assistance to victims.
- Assist at suicide incidents.
- Deal with transients and the homeless.
- Serve as liaison with other clergy in the community.
- Provide for the spiritual needs of inmates.
- Offer prayers at special occasions such as recruit graduations, awards ceremonies, and dedication of buildings.
- Serve on review boards, award boards, and other committees
Chaplains are part of the Sheriff’s Office, which provides oversight, equipment, and office space. Their wages are paid by community donations through individuals and churches.