Believing that those in religious leadership positions are to be held to higher standards and that chaplains in the Law Enforcement and Fire Communities are in leadership positions, the following policies are provided for and apply to those attending the Police and Fire Chaplain Training Academy.
1. Should you identify a need, concern, or way in which we might serve you while you are here at the Academy please make contact with the director or deputy director. Our desire is for this to be a beneficial experience for all attendees.
2. The PFCTA is a partnership between Tacoma Pierce County Chaplaincy and the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission. This being the case those attending the Academy fall under the standards of behavior expected by both organizations.
3. The core values of the academy: “Service Before Self,” “Total Integrity,” and “Excellence In All We Do” must serve to guide staff, trainer, and trainee alike.
4. No chaplain trainee shall be required by the Academy staff, training staff, resource person, or another chaplain trainee to participate in any activity, discussion, or project that is in violation of his or her deeply held moral convictions and/or his or her faith group standards.
5. The training environment is to be one of frank and open discussion, however it also must be one of safety, mutual respect, and cooperation. In the training session, open and forthright discussions of differences are encouraged. However, let the words, “honor” and “respect” watch over each participant as he or she guards against disruptive and/or destructive interactions.
6. Chaplain trainees should ensure that all behavior reflects in a positive way upon their home jurisdiction or department upon Tacoma Pierce County Chaplaincy and the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission.
7. The WCJTC has a staff chaplain who will handle chaplain services for that organization. Should there be a need for you to meet with Basic Law Enforcement Academy students and others at the WCJTC who are from your home jurisdiction you will need to do so outside of Academy hours or on your personal time. Please keep the staff chaplain informed so that he might provide continuing care after the Academy closes.
8. If by mutual agreement a chaplain trainee will not be able to meet the Academy graduation standards, such a person may withdraw from the Academy with a full refund of any unused tuition.
9. Safety is a high priority. If in the view of the trainer, or a chaplain trainee, there is an unsafe condition, such concerns must be communicated to the Academy leadership.
10. Dress standards are to be in keeping with the training environment. Therefore business casual is the standard. For example, slacks and a polo shirt would be acceptable. Dress for such practical activities as may be required will need to be in keeping with that activity.
11. Should a chaplain trainee’s behavior reflect adversely upon and/or not be in keeping with the highest standards of the PFCTA, T-PCC, or the WCJTC, such a person will be asked to voluntarily, immediately, and of his or her own free will withdraw from the program. All remaining tuition will be forfeited.