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Chaplain Academy

Download Chaplain Application

Email your completed Chaplain application to academy@sacchaplains.com.

Pre-Requisites for joining the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS) Community Chaplains Academy are listed below:

Minimum Pre-Requisites for Community Chaplains Academy.

  • Copy of Ordinance, License, or Commission from your House of Worship
  • Completion of Application CLICK HERE: Download Chaplain Application
  • Ecclesiastical Reference Letter
  • Proof of Vehicle Registration and Insurance
  • Proof of Medical Insurance
  • Access to a Smart Phone and Internet
  • Professional References
  • Accountable Person
  • Signed 2-year Time Commitment (minimum of 12 hours per week)
  • Signed Compliance Forms (Waiver, Intellectual Property, Conflict of Interest, etc.)
  • Please refer to the P.O.S.T. Certification section of our website for more information regarding Law Enforcement Chaplain requirements.

How Chaplains Are Trained

During the LECS Academy, each Volunteer Chaplain is required to complete extensive training, which includes, but is not limited to:

• 24-Hour Trauma Response and Care (TRAC)
• 48-Hour Classroom Academy (typically one 4-hour class – one night per week for 12 weeks)
• Approximately 3 months of field training following the classroom Academy
• California Sexual Harassment Training
• California Mandated Reporter Training
• Workplace Violence Training
• COVID-19 Safety Education Training

In-Service and Continuing Education

All LECS Chaplains are required to attend a monthly 2-Hour meeting for in-service training.

Each additional assignment a Chaplain serves in will require in-service training, such as: Emergency Call Out Chaplain (ECO), DUI Checkpoint Lead, Follow-up Chaplain Specialist, etc.

Continuing education is required for Chaplains to stay current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies required for their service within law enforcement departments and communities.  The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS) also requires continuing education to comply with laws, remain licensed or certified, or maintain membership in the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS), such as, but not limited to, Mandated Reporting, Community Incident for Mental Illness, Critical Incident Stress Management, Trauma Informed, Family Reunification Center Development, and Sexual Harassment.

The difference between in-service education and continuing education is as follows – in-service meets requirements needed to function in a specific service setting. Continuing education enhances service.

LECS Collaborations include, but are not limited to:

  • ICISF (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation)
  • ICPC (International Conference of Police Chaplains)
  • COPS (Concerns for Police Survivors)
  • C-POST (Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training)
  • MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
  • AAC (Arrive Alive California, Inc.)
  • CPOMF (California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation)
  • AMA (American Heart Association)
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • TTAC (Training and Technical Assistance Centers, Victim Assistance Instructor)
  • P.O.S.T (Peace Officer Standards & Training, Instructor)
  • CalTrans (California Department of Transportation)
  • CSTI (California Specialized Training Institute, Trainer)
  • SRT (Spiritual–Care Response Team Member)
  • Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
  • CDRT (Child Death Review Team)
  • C2BU (Courage to be You)
  • Every 15 Minutes & Real DUI Court Programs
  • California Chaplain Corps (CCC)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registering on-line and paying the deposit does not guarantee your place in the next Academy.  You must first complete the application form (see link above) and submit it to the Academy Coordinator who will then schedule an interview with you.  For questions, please email academy@sacchaplains.com.