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LEO Programs

As a LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) you are no doubt aware of the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS), but there may be much more regarding our specialized services to LEO’s that you are not familiar with. Let’s do a quick review. 

The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS) is committed to serving these 17 different law enforcement agencies, their personnel, their staff, and their families.

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• California Highway Patrol – Sacramento Region
• California State Fair Police
• Citrus Heights Police Department
• DART
• Fulton & El Camino Parks Police
• Elk Grove Police Department
• Los Rios Police Department
• Rancho Cordova Police Department
• Sacramento County Coroner’s Office
• Sacramento County District Attorney
• Sacramento County Parks and Recreation
• Sacramento County Probation
• Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office
• Sacramento International Airport
• Sacramento Police Department
• Sacramento State University Police Department
• Twin Rivers Police Department

The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS) are trauma responders to first responders and the community. This includes assisting LEO’s with professional and personal crisis and assisting LEO families as well. Our services are part of each agencies’ wellness programs and most importantly – are CONFIDENTIAL.  We are available 24/7/365.

Our Law Enforcement Chaplains are P.O.S.T. Certified and able to assist sworn and non-sworn personnel, staff and their families by:

  • Serving as the Chaplain and Pastoral Care Provider for all employees and immediate family members.
  • Providing 24/7/365 Chaplaincy Emergency On-call availability for crisis intervention, and working closely with Management on an emergency situation or employee needs.
  • Developing relationships and maintaining contact with all personnel through weekly worksite visits to facilities.
  • Providing informal and formal confidential pastoral discussions for problem issues.
  • Making hospital and home visits to employees and their family members.
  • Officiating at weddings, including assistance in planning the ceremony, as well as pre-marital confidential pastoral discussions.
  • Performing funerals, including assistance with grief management, planning the funeral service, and supporting family members after the funeral.
  • Writing Letters of Concern, Congratulations and Appreciations for management; writing personal notes to employees for encouragement, counseling, follow-up, etc.Referring employees and family members with severe or long-term needs (i.e., spouse abuse, incest, etc.), to specialized types of assistance.
  • Acting as a member of a “Death Notification Team” of the Agency for employees killed in a job-related accident or who died of natural causes while on the job.
  • Participating in new employee orientation to explain the Chaplain Employee Assistance Program.
  • Providing self-improvement materials (books, brochures, tracts, and audio/video tapes) for employees and family members to help teach principles for successful and happy living.
  • Speaking for in-house events (religious or secular meetings, employee gatherings, etc.), when an inspirational speaker is desire by management.
  • Providing spiritual enrichment activities, as requested, by the Department, with voluntary attendance by employees, including devotionals, Bible studies, and special seasonal services.
  • Representing the Agency to clients/customers where it would be appropriate to have the Agency Chaplain involved (i.e., serious illness, accidents, and funerals), if desired.
  • Participate with the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team.
  • Work with PEER Support.

LECS is part of, and works in conjunction with, PEER Support, EAP and various law enforcement wellness programs. However, as noted above, our services are CONFIDENTIAL.

Types of Chaplains

All LECS Chaplains are expertly-trained trauma care responders, specifically in these areas:

  • In-person death notifications for the Coroner’s Office
  • Crime Scene Integrity
  • Trauma Informed
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
  • Mass Casualty Evacuation Scene Support
  • Search & Rescue Field Operations
  • Town Hall meeting planning and strategies
  • Family Assistance Centers’ Management
  • Connecting victims and families to faith-based organizations, when requested
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Within LECS, there are two types of Chaplains – Community Chaplains (burgundy shirts) which assist law enforcement and other first responders by attending to the post-trauma, practical needs. and crisis care of victims, their family members and by-standards on scenes 24/7/365.  This allows the first responder to continue with their duties and investigation without being interrupted or distracted by people on scene. Our Chaplains are all classified as “constitutional” and maintain a secular purpose.  However, please note that Community Chaplains do not have confidentiality privileges the way that Law Enforcement Chaplains do.

Law Enforcement Chaplains (grey shirts/black vests) can perform the same duties noted above as a Community Chaplain, however, their primary focus is on assisting law enforcement and their families in times of stress or crisis. In order for them to achieve this goal, they must regularly attend briefings, proactive LE events and ride-along’s. This helps the LEO and the LE Chaplain become better acquainted with each other and builds trust so that if a LEO has future difficulties or a personal crisis, or is impacted by an OIS, LODD, or any other event, they will feel comfortable speaking with a Law Enforcement Chaplain.

LEO Family Support

LEO’s respond to a wide variety of critical incidents, including serious accidents, suicides, homicides or suspicious deaths, sudden infant deaths, barricaded subjects, missing persons, drownings, industrial accidents, unexpected natural deaths and many others. Typically, Chaplains are deployed by law enforcement dispatchers within moments of officers’ arrival on scene to provide support to Law Enforcement Officers and community members involved with that particular incident. However, that is not were our involvement ends. LECS is also available to LEO’s who respond to these calls day in and day out, and can assist them with compassion fatigue, burnout and stress-related issues.

LECS offers numerous community training classes which are listed in the Community Training Classes section of this website.

All LEO families are invited and encouraged to attend these trainings. There will always be a discount available for LEO’s and their family members for LECS Community Training Classes.

We also accept “special requests” from LEO’s and their families.  If there is a particular training class or event you would like to hold at our facility, please email info@sacchaplains.com.

LEO Ambassador Program

What is a LEO Ambassador you ask?  The mission of the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Ambassador Program is to develop trusting relationships between law enforcement personnel and Law Enforcement Chaplains in preparation for times of crisis and tragedy.  This is a multi-agency program that will accomplish its mission through dedicated professionals that have a passion for what they do.To reach these goals, LEO Ambassadors are committed to creating an integrated relationship.

between law enforcement and LECS. This is done by:

  • Providing valued input into the development of new LE Chaplains
  • Providing a welcoming atmosphere for Chaplains in the workplace
  • Proactively sharing positive information about the Chaplaincy with others within law enforcement
  • Acting as positive role models within their teams

Furthermore, Ambassadors are the eyes and ears of LECS in the workplace in order to let us know of important events and/or difficulties one of their peers might be experiencing where LECS can be of support.  For example, these events might include, but are not limited to, promotions, awards, new marriages or new babies.  Or, possibly when a peer is experiencing the recent death of a loved one, an injury or illness, illness of a close family member, or any other stressful event we might be able to assist with.

Requirements to become a LEO Ambassador:

  • Click on the Confidential Application below, fill it out and return it to LECS
  • Commit to attending (1) 2-Hour workshop to learn how to be an effective Ambassador
  • Occasionally, be part of an Interview Panel for helping us select prospective new LE Chaplains Occasionally, allow trainee LE Chaplains to do ride-along’s with you and submit an evaluation to the Chaplaincy leadership on that trainee
  • Commit to attending (1) 2-Hour luncheon meeting once per year with the Chaplaincy leadership team to tell us about your experiences as an Ambassador and allow us to show you our appreciation for your service

We are so grateful for our current Ambassadors and all of the assistance they give us.

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