Chaplain Program

Chaplain Bryan Smith is a member of First Baptist Church in Hot Springs. He is married to the former Mrs. Arkansas America Karen Smith, and they have one daughter, Kim. Bryan is a past Chairman of the Board at the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and he’s very active in the Hot Springs Community, as a current member on a variety of city boards.  In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, attending college and professional sporting events, and spending time with his family.

Bryan is originally from El Dorado, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University, with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management and he’s Licensed and Certified through the International Fellowship of Chaplains, I.F.O.C. He played professional baseball in the Houston Astros Organization and is currently an executive at Alliance Rubber Company.

Chaplains' Responsibilities Within the Agency

o To assist personnel and/or their families in times of need or crisis, or when they feel the need for a neutral/outside person in whom to confide or seek counseling and/or spiritual guidance.

o To assist department personnel in making notifications to families of officers/employees who have been killed or seriously injured.

o To provide in-service training to departmental employees in such areas as stress management, ethics, family life, parenting, etc

o To provide guidance to employees, when requested by those employees, regarding religious matters.

o To offer prayer at special functions/occasions, when requested and available.

o To serve as a resource in crisis situations such as hostage situations, suicidal subjects, etc

o To serve on boards, and/or other committees as directed by the Police Chief or his designee.

o To serve as liaison between the department and other clergy in the community.