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Press Release


Business Name: Sierra Law Enforcement Chaplaincy

Address: P.O. Box 1979, Placerville, CA 95667 Contact Person: Timothy W. Thompson, Executive Director

Phone: (530) 621-1036

January 20, 2017 – Placerville, CA


Have you ever wondered, “Who would be there to help us when tragedy strikes?” Besides public safety personnel, a unique non-profit organization has stepped up to fill that gap in El Dorado County and Folsom. Whether it is responding to officer-involved shootings, auto fatalities, drownings, homicides, suicides, violent crimes, SIDS deaths, or any other kinds of crises, the chaplains of the Sierra Law Enforcement Chaplaincy are regularly called upon to respond to traumatic incidents all over the county and in Folsom, both to meet the needs of law enforcement personnel and our civilians. The chaplains provide on-scene support by giving emotional and spiritual assistance to officers, victims, witnesses, and survivors. After the crises, the chaplains follow up and help people in a variety of ways.

Chaplain Thompson, who is the Executive Director of SLEC, says, “I am extremely happy to announce a great addition to our staff – Chaplain Steve Wright who is joining us as our Senior Chaplain. Steve has a background that suits him very well for the Chaplaincy, and he comes to us after 10 years of ministry experience. His ministry career began in Costa Rica where he and his family were assigned as missionaries. Most recently, Steve served as Pastor of Outreach at Lakeside Church in Folsom. Prior to ministry, Steve was a Deputy Sheriff for Sacramento County for 10 years, so he understands cops, which is a great benefit for us.”

Sierra Law Enforcement Chaplaincy is sponsoring a welcome reception for Chaplain Steve on Friday, February 3, 2017, at Faith Episcopal Church at 2200 Country Club Dr. in Cameron Park, CA from 6-8 PM. Interested members of the public are invited to attend; for more information, email

Founded 27 years ago in El Dorado County by Rev. Timothy W. Thompson, the Sierra Law Enforcement Chaplaincy has become an indispensable aide to law enforcement agencies and citizens in crisis in our communities. Sierra Law Enforcement chaplains provide an amazing array of services including on-call availability—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Chaplains assist officers by riding with them in their squad cars, meeting them at crime scenes, and being with them at briefings or roll call. They also provide counseling and referrals, call-outs for traumatic and critical incidents plus officer-involved shootings, Critical Incident Stress Debriefings, grief support, victim assistance, death notifications, law enforcement funerals/memorials/weddings, veteran and military services, and they serve as liaisons to the churches and religious community.

The Sierra Law Enforcement Chaplaincy is a 501(c)3 corporation approved by the IRS to receive private, charitable, tax-deductible donations. SLEC receives no government funding. The Sierra Law Enforcement Chaplaincy is solely supported through the generosity of individuals, businesses, peace officers, peace officer associations, and churches. Donations are most welcome! To learn more, please visit our website at


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