Butte County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.





BCSO Chaplains

Butte County Sheriff’s Office Chaplains serve the sworn and unsworn personnel, families, and our communities of Butte County.  Chaplains provide a secular purpose by attending to trauma on the scene as traumatic grief first responders.  We offer practical guidance and compassionate resources, and we serve everyone regardless of race, culture, nationality, or beliefs.  We provide a ministry of presence by committing time to ride along with patrol deputies, in the jail with correctional deputies, visiting sworn and non-sworn civilian staff, attending all departmental training and functions.

What does a Chaplain do?

  • Assistance to families in the event an officer is killed or injured,
  • Hospital calls and home visits to Sheriff’s Office personal,
  • Attend and participate in funerals of active, as well as retired members of the Sheriff’s Office,
  • Attend academy graduations, promotions, award ceremonies, dinners, memorial services, social events, etc. and offer invocations and benedictions,
  • Regular visits with Sheriff’s Office personnel in Sheriff’s facilities,
  • Counsel Sheriff’s Office Personnel,
  • Assist with Critical Incident Stress Debriefing after major incidents,
  • Death notifications to families in our communities,
  • Assist with attempted or actual suicides and hostage situations,
  • Assist with search and rescue, child, and elder abuse,
  • Assist with major traffic accidents involving serious injury or death,
  • Special duties as assigned by the Sheriff or the Sheriff's designated representative.

Announcing - BCSO is accepting applications for Community Chaplains 

BCSO is accepting applications for Community Chaplain Volunteers for 2021

Qualifications for a Community Chaplain

  • Possess a valid unrestricted California driver’s license
  • Possess current individual medical and automobile insurance coverage
  • A minimum of one year of counseling experience for community chaplains

 Qualified Applicants must pass the following
  •  Oral and Personal History Statement interviews/reviews
  •  Background investigation
  •  Counseling credential review
  •  Butte County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy approved training course

Steps to Apply

  • Download and submit completed application - BSCO Chaplain Application
    • Submit your counseling verification documents.
    • Submit your  reference statement
  • Once you are notified that your application was accepted
    • Prepare for background investigation
    • Submit a Peace Officers personal history statement
    • Prepare for interviews for selected applicants


How long is the Academy
  • The Academy will be for six weeks with classes on Thursday evening and two full-day Saturdays.
What kind of subjects will be taught
  • Stages of grief and recovery; critical incident stress management; coroner procedures; compassion fatigue; bereavement support after a suicide, homicide, or child death, to name a few.
 Why is a background check necessary?  What if I have had one recently, do I have to have another background check? 
  • Because of the nature of our work, legal confidentiality issues, and the agencies we serve, a thorough background check is necessary. Even if you have had a previous check, a new one will be required including a Live Scan fingerprint check.
 If I have had previous training, do I have to go through the academy? 
  • Yes.  Although much of the training centers on responding to various types of critical incidents, a large portion deals with policies and procedures peculiar to Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

 What if I have to miss some of the classes? 
  • We ask that you make every effort to not miss a class, but if circumstances are such that you have to miss any of the class dates, please inform the instructors ASAP in order for us to arrange for makeup work to be done. 
 What happens after the academy? 
  • For those who choose to become chaplains, there will be field training for 6 months, where new chaplains will go out on calls with seasoned chaplains for at least 30 hours.

To contact a chaplain

  • Call our non-emergency 530-538-7321 or email: bcsochaplains@buttecounty.net

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Sheriff's Office

Phone: 530.538.7321

Jail: 530.538.7471

General Email Inquiries


 Locations & Hours

Sheriff's Office
5 Gillick Way
Oroville, CA 95965

Chico Substation
479 E. Park Ave
Chico, CA 95928

Magalia Substation
14166 Skyway
Magalia, CA 95954

Office Hours:

Civil Division
M-Th - 8:00am to 4:30pm
F - 8:00am - 1:00pm

Records Division
M-F - 8:00am to 4:30pm