LCSO Chaplain Corps
Why a Chaplain Corps is Needed
An increasing number of law enforcement agencies are recognizing the fact that personal crisis is something that happens all too frequently in people's lives. For that reason, professionals with special training and skills are required to assist and facilitate the specific needs of people during those crisis times.
What We Do
We offer short term assistance to the general public and to public safety professionals, who experience a crisis from events such as a traffic or other accident, death in the family, family stress, or serious or terminal illness. This may include helping people contact family, friends, or clergyman, dealing with emotional pain due to trauma, lending assistance in contacting agencies which can help in their particular situation or just listening and being there for them during a time of crisis.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMThe objective of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Corps is to assist in upholding the highest standards of professionalism and integrity for all the men and women of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office, who selflessly protect and serve the community of Louisa County, and their families, as well as offer compassionate care through ministry of presence for the spiritual and emotional well being to the citizens of the Louisa County community in a time of crisis. Chaplains of all faiths work together with law enforcement personnel on a professional level by making themselves immediately available as trained and caring professionals who can assist in times of loss, confusion, depression, or grief to people in crisis situations.
The first and primary responsibility of the Chaplain Corps is towards the members of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office in guidance through counseling, encouragement, and personal involvement in their daily activities and professional career as a member of the law enforcement community. The services of the Chaplain Corps are also available to the families of personnel of the sheriff's office.
Secondly, the Chaplain Corps also serves to assist the citizens of Louisa County by being a liaison between the sheriff's office and the community in times of crisis and ministry need. He/she is available to offer assistance to crime victims or family members affected by crisis incidents, as well as working as a bridge to local clergy and social service organizations. Additionally, our Chaplains participate in community events and other activities that enhance our community and build stronger relationships between the public and the sheriff's office.
The duties of the Chaplain may include, but are not limited to assist with:
- Major Disasters
- Critical Incidents
- Death Notifications
- Victims of serious:
- Domestic Disturbances
- Sex Crimes
- Traffic Crashes
- Violent Assaults
- Fatal Crashes
- Suicide (Threats and Attempts)
- Hostage Negotiations
- Offer Prayers at Special Occasions (benedictions, graduations, banquets, weddings)
- Officer Deaths, Funerals, and Memorials On-Duty, Off-Duty, or Retired Personnel
- Ride Along with Officers on Routine Patrol on Various Shifts
- SRT Operations
- Violent Crimes
- Visit Sick or Injured Personnel At Home or in Hospital