Rigorously trained as first responders in crisis care, the role of the Chaplain is distinct from that of clinical counselors and congregational clergy. Providing a compassionate presence in a crisis situation, the Chaplain's role frequently includes critical incident stress debriefing and defusing, crisis counseling, provision of information and resources, arrangement for emergency food, clothing, transportation and/or shelter, and referral to a broad network of public and private agencies. Additionally, PCLEC
coordinates compassionate efforts with several benevolent services throughout the community, including the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and others. Chaplains also follow up on the personal welfare of victims and provide additional emotional and spiritual support, administrative guidance, and other assistance as may be appropriate.
• All Chaplaincy applicants are subject to a thorough background investigation prior to their appointment.
• All Chaplains must be associated with a Faith Community that will endorse them as a Chaplain
• Law Enforcement Chaplains must be ordained or licensed ministers in good standing in a recognized religious denomination or group
• Chaplains must be skilled in ministry and pastoral care
• Chaplains must maintain high spiritual and moral standards
• Chaplains must demonstrate a commitment to ministry with police personnel--sworn and non-sworn--first responders, and victims