Sierra Law Enforcement Chaplaincy works through law enforcement to help peace officers, victims of crime, survivors and patients deal with the traumas and tragedies of life on a daily basis. Service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by SLEC and its reserve chaplain staff without regard to religious preferences, race, or gender. In addition to serving law enforcement and the communites of Folsom, El Dorado County and South Lake Tahoe, SLEC provides chaplaincy services to Marshall Hospital. Please refer to our Mission Statement and Additional Duties of Chaplains section on the "Resources" page for more information.
Be sure to view the short videos on our "Resources" page under "Useful Links and References" for an inspiring look into the services provided by chaplains. The Four Chaplains chronicles the sacrifice made by chaplains in WWII, and Angel By Your Side provides an insight into the work being done every day by police chaplains all over the USA.
Respond to Emergencies
Our primary mission is to respond to crises and we do this 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We respond to calls for assistance with suicide prevention, death notifications and counseling.
Ride Alongs & Training
SLEC staff conduct ride-alongs on a regular basis to maintain positive relationships with officers and detectives. In addition, SLEC staff works with dispatchers and non-sworn staff. We also provide training to law enforcement staff on a wide variety of topics related to law enforcement.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefings
Caught off guard and "numb" from the impact of a critical incident, individuals and communities are often ill-equipped to handle the chaos of such a catastrophic situation. Consequently, survivors often struggle to regain control of their lives as friends, family, and loved ones may be unaccounted for or are found critically injured, lay dying or are already dead. Additionally, the countless others who have been traumatized by the critical event may eventually need professional attention and care for weeks, months and possibly years to come. The final extent of any traumatic situation may never be known or realistically estimated in terms of trauma, loss and grief. In the aftermath of any critical incident, psychological reactions are quite common and are fairly predictable. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) can be a valuable tool following a traumatic event.