National Chaplains to the Police (NACP)

When was it established?

Chaplaincy to the police was first noted in the early days of the police service, however it was not until the 1980s that chaplaincy began to grow rapidly. The National Association of Chaplains to the Police was formed in 1999 to bring together this group of chaplains. It has developed and grown to become the professional body representing police chaplains.

Who is it for?

Working for the police has become increasingly complex and demanding. More than ever before, police work can affect someone’s physical and mental wellbeing, increasing their need for support and assistance to be able to cope with the challenges and demands of their role. Police chaplains aim to provide independent, sensitive, personal, and where appropriate, spiritual support to officers, staff and their families.

Chaplains are drawn from all faiths and offer their services both to ‘people of faith’ and ‘people of no faith.’ Chaplains won’t try to convert you!
In general, Chaplains will:

  • speak with anyone who needs to talk in confidence, on or off duty
  • visit, if appropriate, people who are ill at home or in hospital and be available at the critical times of life for officers and their families
  • get involved if an officer or member of staff dies, particularly while on duty
  • support staff in any aspects of their professional duties or personal lives.

Chaplains are committed to:

  • supporting and encouraging officers, police staff and their families
  • reflecting the diversity of belief within the service and the wider community
  • serving and respecting all officers and staff
  • valuing each individual member of the service as a complete person
  • caring for and supporting the organisation, contributing when appropriate in the decision-making process.