LEAPS

Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support

When The Unthinkable Happens

9/12/2017

 

As long as there is crime, there will be law enforcement officers running towards the front line into the face of danger. Occasionally, these men and women will need additional support to handle overwhelming emotions which are hazards of the job, not to mention a part of normal life events. The very provision and protection they provide as a benefit to society can become a heavy load to bear. Most agencies cannot afford a full time staff person to attend to such needs. That is where AL LEAPS chaplains can help.

 

We believe law enforcement officers are ordained by God to help keep peace in the world in which we live.

 

Romans 13:4-5 (NLT)

 

4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

 

As chaplains, we are not here to take the place of a pastor. For those who already have a pastor, we are there to listen to whatever the officer is dealing with in a confidential manner. For those who do not have a pastor, we can be one who is there to bring God into the chaos of life's journey.

 

We believe that chaplains and pastors have separate callings, training, and experiences. This means that when a tragedy occurs, a pastor does not simply transform into a chaplain instantaneously. This is important. Pastors and chaplains are not mutually exclusive, but chaplains require additional, specialized training for effective ministry.

 

The chaplains’ component of AL LEAPS is more than just an afterthought. This is an essential part of what, how, and why we do what we do. Though we are not mental health professionals or law enforcement officers, we have witnessed first-hand suffering through the pain of law enforcement. We are specially trained to handle traumatic events. We understand the pressures of an officer. We are safe.

 

Supporting you is our mission!

 

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with us!

 

 

 

Chaplain Joey Holland, MDiv

Houston County Sheriff’s Office

 

jholland@houstoncountysheriff.org