The Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Corps is an important part of the Sheriff’s Office. All Sheriff’s chaplains receive certification through the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC). Chaplains attend a chaplain’s academy and receive 36 hours of training, 18 of which are through the ICPC. Chaplains are available to help Sheriff’s Office employees as well as the citizens served by the Sheriff’s Office. Chaplains assist with death notifications, suicide response, grief counseling, and domestic violence victims. Chaplains work under a strict code of confidentiality. In 2016, 20 chaplains made 31 death notifications.
The Sheriff’s Office is also proud to take part in a program whereby police chaplains from the country of Panama come to Blount County to learn about law enforcement in the United States. The Sheriff’s Office has hosted these international chaplains for three years, with plans to welcome a new group in the summer of 2017.