info@sacchaplains.com Office: 916 978 0296 24-Hour Confidential Helpline: 916 857 1801

Outreach & Resources

As a faith-based, non-profit organization, the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS) is keenly aware of recent events across the United States that have touched every life.

LECS has been responding to a wide variety of critical incidents for years; however, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have never stopped working and supporting our law enforcement agencies and community members.  Below are just a few of the situations or events we respond to within the community:

  • Serious or Fatal Vehicle Accidents
  • Suicides
  • Homicides
  • School Tragedies
  • Suspicious Deaths
  • Sudden Infant Deaths
  • Barricaded Subjects
  • Missing Person(s)
  • Industrial or Business Accidents
  • Death Notifications
  • Deceased Person(s)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drownings
  • COVID-19 Phone Calls
  • ….and more

LECS Chaplains are typically deployed by law enforcement dispatchers within moments of the officers’ arrival on scene.  After Chaplains respond to the initial crisis, they offer follow-up services to victims of crime, or those impacted by the traumatic event.

Follow-Up Care

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic event, are grieving, or just need to talk to a Chaplain, please call our 24-Hour Confidential HelpLine at (916) 857-1801. LECS Chaplains are expertly trained in prevention programs, intervention services and aftermath or postvention services in complementing the First Responder calls within the Sacramento community. LECS is ready to serve when and wherever we are needed.

When LECS Chaplains attend to the needs of anyone in the community during a call out by First Responders, we do our best to follow-up with 36-48

When LECS Chaplains attend to the needs of anyone in the community during a call out by First Responders, we do our best to follow-up with 36-48 hours with those people most impacted by the event to see if they need further assistance.

First Responder Churches

For some people, longer follow-up attention is required.  The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS) has partnered with several area churches that go above and beyond in assisting those with additional follow-up needs.  These churches offer practical assistance, not pastoral care (unless requested). 

These church members may assist with light housekeeping, bringing in a meal. These are just a few examples of practical assistance that might be offered to ease the load on the impacted person or their family.  Their goal is not to get the traumatized person to join their church, but simply to help them progress through their grief journey.  If your church has a desire to become a “First Responder Church” – please send an email to info@sacchaplains.com or call our office Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at (916)978-0296.

Chaplains are experts in the aftermath of grief and offer many resources for those who are grieving, as well as other community resources.

Grief Resources (General)

Grief Resources (Loss of a Child)

Travel Resources

Almost every airline offers some type of Bereavement Flights and/or Services, such as having a loved one located somewhere else returned home to you.  Here are just two links for Delta Bereavement Flights & Services to help you get started.

Veterans Resources

It is common for family members to assume that if their loved one who has died was a Veteran that all of their burial costs are paid by the VA.  In most cases, this is not true.  While the Veteran may be eligible to be buried in a free grave or inurned in a columbarium within a Veteran’s cemetery, there are many factors that must be considered.  It is recommended that do your utmost to first obtain the Veteran’s DD-214 discharge paperwork before you contact one of the agencies below. This will definitely expedite the process.

Identity Theft

Identify theft is one of the fastest growing crimes to affect both the elderly as well as the deceased. Criminals use information about the deceased to commit fraud and run up credit card debts. There are however, resources available to help you protect yourself and your family.

Suicide Resources

Sadly, suicide calls are one of the most common that the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento (LECS) deals with.  In the Community Training section of this website, we offer Suicide Awareness Training that can be extremely beneficial to law enforcement, clergy, teachers and parents.  Basically, this training can benefit everyone.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please IMMEDIATELY call:

24-Hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800)273-TALK (8255)

For those who have already had suicide touch their life, below are some special resources that might be very beneficial.

Friends for Survival https://friendsforsurvival.org

I Need a LightHouse https://www.ineedalighthouse.org/depression-suicide/after-a-suicide-resources-and-support-for-grieving-families-individuals-and-communities/

SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
https://save.org/what-we-do/grief-support/

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