The Police Chaplain program is designed to provide spiritual guidance and counseling andchaplogocomfort in times of crisis. The police chaplain strives to be a particularly close friend to the officers and citizens of Dickinson. He also serves as a link for communication between people in crises and their own spiritual advisors.

The police chaplain is aware of the fact that the police officer’s job is an extremely difficult one, being constantly in the presence of danger and under constant pressure and tension. Because of this, the police chaplain strives to create such a relationship with the officer that he/she would feel free to turn to him for counsel at any time. While the primary intent of this program is to aid and compliment the police officer, emphasis is to be placed on the relationship this goal to the basic purpose of law enforcement: to protect and serve the public.



Pastor Jim Hessler has graciously served the Dickinson Police Department for nearly 30 years. Pastor Hessler is on call at all times to assist in those cases where his counsel and advice might be helpful. Likewise, Pastor Hessler is available to the officer’s family and to all who are associated in any way with the police department. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor at the River of Life Assembly in Dickinson.









Pastor Michael Wolters began serving with the Dickinson Police Department’s chaplaincy program in the summer of 2011. The department is grateful for his service, and will help Pastor Hessler keep the programming running for years to come. Pastor Wolters is head of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dickinson.







The duties of the police chaplain include:

  • Being called to the scene of a traumatic incident to provide comfort to victims, families of victims, and officers involved
  • Notifying next-of-kin in death or serious injury incidents
  • Offer follow-up assistance to victims of crisis
  • Furnish referral or resource assistance
  • Give confidential counsel to police personnel
  • Be available to families of officers in traumatic situations
  • Provide personal or family counseling to department personnel and their families
  • Help with Critical Incident Stress Debriefing to all first responders
  • Training for crisis intervention and participating in defusing and debriefing sessions as requested
  • Visit sick or injured department employees
  • Conduct invocations at department functions such as awards ceremonies, building and facility dedications, or at any other appropriate event
  • Fulfilling other functions deemed appropriate or requested by the department

Questions or Comments?

Comments and questions regarding the Police Chaplain Program can be directed to Captain Joe Cianni at:

Phone: 701-456-7755 or email by Clicking Here .