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The Northwest Arkansas Chaplain Ministries was founded to provide financial support to establish a full-time chaplain program, first for the Benton County Sheriff's Office, then for other law enforcement and fire department agencies in Benton County and the surrounding area.  At the Benton County Sheriff's Office the Chaplain Division's responsibilities include providing spiritual and emotional support for the over 280 certified law enforcement personnel and support staff, and provide spiritual support for the jail population of up to 650 prisoners or more as well. 

The Chaplain Division at BCSO is ecumenical--that is, the men and women who serve as chaplains minister to people of all faiths.  All of the BCSO chaplains are either certified/credentialed by the International Conference of Police Chaplains or are certified hospital chaplains, or both. Some of the chaplains are also certified fire department chaplains by the Federation of Fire Chaplains.  Additionally, many of the chaplains are certified by  International Critical Incident Stress Foundation to perform Critical Incident Stress Management debriefings or defusings, in groups or one-on-one.

Support for the jail population is provided primarily by a team of dedicated jail ministers who bring their messages of faith and hope to those incarcerated.  Differing faiths are represented by the jail ministers who volunteer their time in the Benton County Detention Center.

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