Spokane County Sheriff's Office Chaplaincy

Welcome to the website for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Chaplaincy.

Below you will find information on how you can donate and help support our local law enforcement personnel, as well as information on how to register for one of our upcoming Critical Incident Stress Management, or CISM, classes. Please feel free to contact us anytime at 509-477-6625 or at Mjsmith@spokanesheriff.org. Thank you!




We are a non-profit 501(c)3 that focuses on supporting our local law enforcement on a daily basis. This organization is run solely on donations by law enforcement personnel and the surrounding communities. Your donation is fully tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. To donate now just click on the "Donate Here" button below. Thank You!

Mission Statement: Spokane County Chaplaincy Services will provide chaplains to meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the law enforcement family and the community when needed or requested. Our chaplains will bring consoling nature to those who may be experiencing a crisis. We will not proselytize or otherwise attempt to force a particular religious faith on anyone. We will share our faith with those who seek or ask for spiritual counsel during these times. We will provide these services to all regardless of race, religion, gender, or national origin.

** Click the link below to register **



-Spokane CISM-

One Class Scheduled!


To register for this class, click on the highlighted link above.   There will only be a limited time for eating so plan accordingly.  There are a few fast food restaurants close by.   If you prefer, arrangements can be made to pay at the door by check or cash.  Call the phone number below for details. 

      **March 19-21 2018**


 CISM: Combined Peer/Group


 8 am to 5 pm each day

     Course held at:


 Spokane County Sheriff's Training             6011 N Chase Rd.

           Newman Lake, WA


Cost: only $275 which includes I.C.I.S.F. official materials and certificate.


  If you have questions, contact the SCSO  Chief Chaplain Mark Smith at (509) 368-4080



 This course is designed to prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services.  Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management(CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions specifically demobilizations, defusing's and the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).  The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.


Program Highlights:

  •  Relevant research findings
  •  Relevant recommendations for practice
  •  Incident assessment
  •  Strategic intervention planning
  •  Resistance, resilience, recovery continuum
  •  Large group crisis interventions
  •  Small group crisis interventions
  • Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention
  •  Reducing risks
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)


This is an official International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Course

These two courses are intended for anyone dealing with crisis including:


• Law Enforcement

• Corrections

• Dispatch

• Parole and Probation

• Fire


• Chaplain

• Crisis Counselors

• Mental Health

• Medical Personnel

• Business and Industry Crisis Intervention

• Disaster Response

• Education

• Homeland Security

• Military

• Spiritual Care

Courses will be taught by ICISF instructor 

Captain Michael R. Cobb, BCETS

Michael Cobb currently serves as a Captain with the Richland, Washington Police Department. Captain Cobb has been with the department since 1982, has been assigned with the Tri-City Regional SWAT team since 1985, was assigned as the Bomb Squad Incident Commander for 7 years and served as a K-9 handler for 9 years.  As a Captain, he has commanded Support Operations, Field Operations, Administrative Services, served as Interim Chief of Police and Interim Director of Emergency Services. Captain Cobb is a Past President of the Washington State Tactical Officers Association (WSTOA), a co-founder of the Tri-County CISM Net, their past President and current Law Enforcement Coordinator.  He has worked in a variety of Executive Board positions with the Washington State CISM Network.  Since 1993 he has been an international responder and instructor for programs on Critical Incident Stress Management. Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Education, is a faculty member with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and serves on the ICISF's Speakers Bureau. He is a recognized instructor for CISM: Group Crisis Intervention, CISM: Advanced Group Crisis Intervention, CISM Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support, and Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement.  A Diplomate member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Mike is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress.

-Operation We Care-


As in years past, the Spokane County Chaplaincy Program will be sponsoring “Operation We Care”.  The Complex stresses of law enforcement work exact a toll on our officers’ marriages.  This program provides hotel rooms for deputies and spouses for a much needed getaway.  We have also continued to extend this to deputies who have experienced a traumatic event while on duty.  This has been  highly successful and very much appreciated by our deputies.  We extended these rooms to other agencies that we serve as well.  These agencies;  Correction Deputies, WSP, Spokane Airport Police and support personnel continue to benefit from your generosity. This last year we had greater demand for these rooms. 


We would ask your partnership in this program for this year.  We want to offer you our heart felt thanks for your continued generosity. We appreciate the fact that you  care about our Law Enforcement  family and the work they do to keep us all safe.





Chaplain  Mark Smith

Spokane  County Chaplaincy




21st Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast

Tuesday May 15th, 2018

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy is hosting its 21st Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast on May 15th, 2018.


Each year we ask individuals and businesses to sponsor a table  for our officers which include Spokane City Police and Spokane County Deputies, Washington and Idaho State Patrol, Correction Officers, Spokane Airport Police, FBI, Secret Service, and  other surrounding law enforcement agencies.


This is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for the work our officers do in preserving the safety and security of our neighborhoods, businesses, and homes.


This year we are inviting our supporters to attend the breakfast.  Those of you who purchase tables and those that donate items to be given away as door prizes are invited to attend the breakfast.  It would be great to have you in attendance.  We would love to have you see first hand the wonderful impact this has on those who serve our communities keeping us all secure.


Please consider donating an item for door prizes and/or sponsoring a table for $175.00. This will provide a breakfast and a commemorative coffee cup to 8 officers.  If you are able to donate a  gift or sponsor a table it is greatly appreciated, but a financial gift of any amount is a blessing.


Please join us in showing our appreciation to the law enforcement family by sending us a Tax Deductible gift by April 30th, 2018.  There will be a recognition of those who contribute and your name or name of your business will be posted on the table. The Spokane County Chaplaincy is a non-profit organization that relies fully on donations to operate throughout the entire year. Thank you so much for your consideration and support.



Chaplain Mark Smith                                             Spokane County Sheriff’s Office                          

Mjsmith@spokanesheriff.org                                    C.O.P.S. Tax ID 91-1614949