The Iowa State Patrol
established a Chaplain Program on September 17, 1984 under the leadership
of Colonel Frank Metzger. At that time, there were 23 chaplains who
volunteered state-wide from various religious denominations.
The purpose of the
Chaplain Program within the Iowa State Patrol is to offer friendship,
support and spiritual help to those of the organization and the men
and women they will come in contract with through their daily activity.
The law enforcement Chaplain is a clergyperson with special interest
and training for providing pastoral care in the high powered and dangerous
world of law enforcement. This pastoral care is offered to all people,
regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, creed,
or religion. It is offered without cost or the tait of proselytizing.
The place of the Chaplain is to help, support, listen, work with, and
guide those who face such situations.
These men and women
are not sworn peace officers and volunteer their services to the Patrol.
Chaplains are requested to ride with Troopers to familiarize themselves with the
Troopers and their duties. Chaplains are called upon at times to assist
with death notifications, hospital visitations of active and retired
members, counseling with officers and family members and instruction
at the Department of Public Safety Basic Academy.
Currently, the program has 33 Chaplains serving the Patrol throughout the State.
Chaplain's may complete the Chaplain's Report online by clicking on the District they are located below.