grant me the serenity to accept the things l cannot change, courage
to change those I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
to the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy division of Chaplain Fellowship
Ministries International Inc. LEC "Law Enforcemnet Chaplain"
must have a calling and be willing to spend a lot of time and make
a major commitment to the work.
enforcement officers are faced with having to make split second
decisions which at times cause a tremendous amount of anxiety, frustration
and criticism for doing their jobs. Many times this will create
problems for the officers and their families as well as their job
performance. The chaplain responds to these unique personal, needs
with spiritual guidance.
chaplain offers support to law enforcement Officers, the administration,
support staff, victims and their families.
Process: The steps for beginning a law enforcement chaplaincy are
Pray for God's leadership.
Schedule a meeting with the chief of police, sheriff, or the person
Meet and discuss the needs.
Share ways a volunteer chaplain meets the needs.
Define the expectations of the department and the chaplain.
Follow up the meeting with a letter outlining the agreement.
Recruit chaplains once you have departmental approval.
Set a starting time and date.
Evaluate with the departments Chief monthly.
Chaplains provide support and spiritual Guidance for law enforcement
officers and staff personnel through
OF PRESENCE: Chaplains regularly visit the department for personal
contact with law enforcement personnel and staff. They build trusting
relationships and establish credibility. Riding with the officers
on their shifts, when allowed, is vital to a successful ministry.
Chaplains provide guidance and confidential counseling for personal,
family, and job-related problems. They refer those in need of professional
help to qualified counselors.
SERVICES: Chaplains assist families of officers/staff personnel/victims
in times of serious injury, illness or death. They respond immediately
to emergency situations involving departmental personnel and victims.
SERVICES:Chaplains maintain an updated list of spiritual and
social service providers, to whom they refer departmental personnel,
victims, and their families.
SERVICES: Chaplain's conduct worship services/Bible Studies
as needed. They offer invocations and benedictions at academy graduations,
award ceremonies, and civic and social events, as requested.
Often the chaplain is the only minister with whom law enforcement
can relate. Occasionally, the chaplain is asked to conduct weddings
and funerals by the officers or their families. The chaplain responds
to the need as an opportunity for ministry and witness.
Chaplains participate in basic law enforcement training. They
sometimes become training resource leaders.
Reason:Law enforcement officers need someone to assist them
with death notifications, Suicide attempts and emotionally upset
people who have been traumatized. They also need someone to care
for their families and themselves during times of trauma or distress.
Safety Certification Course:
training is only offered to CFMI members in good standing!
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