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Police Department Volunteer Chaplain Program

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Volunteer Chaplain Program is to maintain a core group of ordained ministers, from a variety of faiths, who volunteer their time and talents to assist the criminal justice system in meeting the spiritual needs Nashville's citizens. Volunteer Chaplains support the community and lighten the burden of police officers by performing various tasks of a spiritual nature.

Who We Are

The Volunteer Police Chaplain Program consists of a highly trained team of faith leaders who serve victims of crime and their family members throughout Nashville. Volunteer Chaplains do not enforce the law, carry weapons, or make arrests. The program is coordinated by the MNPD full time Chaplains.


MNPD Chaplains

1977 – 1987: Herb McCoy (Civilian)
1986 – 2002: Officer William “Butch” Dwyer
1990 – 2004: Sergeant Jimmy Greer
1998 – Present: Officer James Duke
2003 – 2005: Officer Matthew Weaver
2005: MNPD Volunteer Chaplain Program Began
2010: MNPD Youth Intervention Chaplain Program Began
2015: Chaplain Program added Grief/Crisis Counselor
2017 – Present: Anita Herron (Civilian)

Volunteer Chaplain Training

  • MNPD Organization and Activities
  • Death Notification Policies and Procedures
  • Crisis Intervention and Symptoms of Trauma
  • MNPD Resources for Victims of Crime
  • Police Patrol Procedures
  • Basic report writing

Why Become a Volunteer Chaplain?

  • To offer support to victims of crime and their families
  • To contribute to positive interactions between the community and law enforcement
  • To assist in preventing and reducing crime in Nashville
  • To meet new people in varied settings
  • To gain valuable work experience
  • To offer your professional expertise to the department


  • Ordained or Lay Minister
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Good moral character
  • Must pass a background check
  • No felony convictions
  • Valid Tennessee driver's license
  • Good driving record
  • Current United States citizen


  • Professional appearance
  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal relationships and skills
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude
  • Available to volunteer for one shift per month
  • Wear approved vest (provided)
  • Follow requests of sworn officers
  • Complete paperwork on time
  • Attend meetings and training as scheduled

Ministers interested in this role are invited to call 615-862-7887 to request an application. They may also schedule a ride-a-long with the MNPD Chaplain to see if this role is a good fit for them.