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THE SONOMA MODEL IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CHAPLAINCY FOUNDATION
The LECF (LECF.org) is a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 Teaching Organization. Our vision is to help communities throughout North America achieve their own thriving local law enforcement chaplaincy service –one that’s based upon our unique model. Our core team is comprised of a close-knit group of experienced philanthropists from academic, law enforcement, and clergy professions. We have 15 years of law enforcement chaplaincy research, experience, and leadership.
The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Foundation is a great organization. They’ve got a program and model that will work everywhere. These folks do good work and we need to make sure we raise the money to promote this program everywhere. So please join me in helping to support this foundationU.S. Congressman Mike Thompson, CA - 5th District
I’ve seen first hand what The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Foundation can do for our communities. This model is unique and it’s powerful. It will bring healing to your communities, it will provide support to your law enforcement. Please join me in supporting themShirlee Zane, Supervisor/Commissioner -- Sonoma County, CA
Our police officers really appreciate the chaplains. They've earned our trust. At difficult scenes, caring for the distraught right alongside us, they make a tough job more doable. I can't imagine going back to working without themChris Spallino, Chief of Police -- Windsor, CA
HOW CHAPLAINS SERVE IN THE SONOMA MODEL
Our motto is “Being There”. Our chaplains are specially selected and highly trained volunteers who care for peace officers and serve alongside them. They are called directly to scenes of tragedy and loss at all hours of the day and night — to help the police…to provide compassion and care…and to be there when needed most.
The SONOMA MODEL of law enforcement chaplaincy accomplishes wonderful things by:
PROVIDING both immediate and ongoing care to victims and survivors.
BUILDING strong personal relationships with peace officers and their families.
SERVING as a credible and trusted presence to all the community in times of local emergency and strife.
Our chaplains mirror the population they serve — that means they can come from any loving faith tradition.
NOT EXCLUSIVE TO CLERGY
We screen our chaplain candidates from both laity and clergy. Most of our chaplains are not ordained ministers. All of them are compassionate and dedicated.
We have no religious, political, or legal agendas. Our chaplains are motivated by their faith to serve, but it’s simply and silently witnessed by the care and compassion they give.
LAW ENFORCEMENT FIRST
Though many hours are spent serving the public, our first goal is to serve law enforcement: we work with them and through them to help the community.
TRUST & FRIENDSHIP
We don’t judge or criticize our law enforcement partners, but instead hold them as esteemed officers of the peace….with their own cares, concerns, interests, and needs.
For both selection and ongoing certification, our chaplains must meet high character and personal history standards.
Our chaplains must attend and pass our comprehensive 6-month chaplaincy academy.
ON-GOING TRAINING & SUPPORT
To stay certified, our chaplains must attend ongoing training; and through their leadership and their peers, we provide debriefing support and care.