The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Chaplain Program was officially started in October of 2006, initiated by Sheriff Bill Elfo. The Chaplains are Ordained Ministers that have come from various congregations in Whatcom County.
All of the Chaplains have gone through an extensive background check and have attended the following:
- Police and Fire Chaplain’s Training Academy (P&FCTA) which is associated with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission - The Traumas of Law Enforcement: sponsored by C.O.P.S and the U.S. Department of Justice - Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM): Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support - Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM): Group Crisis Intervention - Other associated LE trauma training
The duties of a Chaplain are to connect with and to make themselves available to the Sheriff’s Staff, Patrol, and Corrections Deputies. They visit the Staff and the Correction Deputies at the Whatcom County Jail. They do ride-a-longs with the Patrol Deputies. They have participated in weddings, funerals, and counseling for members of the Sheriff’s Office. They respond to critical incidents and have done de-briefings. The Chaplains offer support, care, encouragement, and a listening ear to those who Serve and Protect.
The current members of the WCSO Chaplain Program are Grant Fishbook, Kip McCormick, and Bob Friske.