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Iowa City Police Department seeks volunteers for chaplain program

Applications now being accepted

The Iowa City Police Department logo is shown on a squad car in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
The Iowa City Police Department logo is shown on a squad car in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Police Department is looking for volunteers for its police chaplain corps.

The chaplain corps is made up of vowed men and women who are tasked with interacting with crime victims, their families and police officers. They are called upon to assist with death notifications and during suicides, as well as with the spiritual needs of citizens. They also visit sick or injured police department employees.

Chaplains have monthly meetings at the police department, participate in department events and can ride with officers on patrol. The position requires approximately 10 hours of service per month, as well as some on-call time.

Applicants must be clergy and pass a background check.

Those interested in volunteering can get an application online at icgov.org — “City Government,” “Departments and Divisions,” “Police.”

Applications should be returned to police chaplain liaison Det. Zach Murguia via email at zachary-murguia@iowa-city.org or by mailing them to the Iowa City Police Department, Attn. Det. Zach Murguia, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52240.

For more information, call Murguia at (319) 356-5276.

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