Chief of Police. Jason A. Simmons

Police Chaplain Program

Chaplain BadgeNo one is confronted with more situations that demoralize and create emotional, mental and spiritual burdens than today's Law Enforcement officer. These burdens also affect the officer's family and other members of his or her department. Law Enforcement agencies need the specialized guidance, counseling and assistance for their officers, families and communities. A Law Enforcement Chaplain is a clergy person with special interest and training for providing pastoral care in the high powered and dangerous world of Law Enforcement. This pastoral care is offered to all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, or religion.

Chaplain MinistryThe Law Enforcement Chaplain is led in his or her own faith to be available and ready to serve those in need. The Chaplain's ministry provides a source of strength to the law enforcement officers and their families, other department members, and the community. The law enforcement officer's clergy person or religious advisor in their private life, although trained in ministry, is not necessarily abreast of the particular problems and dangers faced by police officers. Chaplains listen and participate in the workplace of Law Enforcement Officers with empathy and experience, advising calmly in the midst of turmoil and danger, and offering assistance when appropriate or requested.

Chaplain MinistryThe Alton Police Department "Policy Manual" provides details to this valuable program. Here are a few of those points of interest:

376.1 Purpose AND SCOPE
The Alton Police Department Chaplain Program is established for the purpose of providing spiritual and emotional support to all members of the Department, their families and members of the public.

376.3 GOALS
Members of the Chaplain Program shall fulfill the program's purpose in the following manner:

(a) By serving as a resource for department personnel when dealing with the public in such incidents as accidental deaths, suicides, suicidal subjects, serious accidents, drug and alcohol abuse, and other such situations that may arise.

(b) By providing an additional link between the community, other chaplain programs and the Department.

(c) By providing counseling, spiritual guidance and insight for the department personnel and their families.

(d) By being alert to the spiritual and emotional needs of department personnel and their families.

(e) By familiarizing themselves with the role of law enforcement in the community.

Chaplain Ministry The Alton Police Department Chaplain Program seeks to connect with every Senior Pastor of this community. In doing so, our goal is to find Alton's faith community connecting with each other. A New Alton Ministerial Alliance is on the horizon. Please contact our department Chaplain for more information.

Chaplain Marc Lane and Chaplain Jason Harris, serve as the current Alton Police Department Chaplains. They are available for emergency contact 24-Hour & 7-Days/Week at (618) 463-2407 or by Email :

In January 2011 Chaplain Marc Lane was sworn in as Police Chaplain with Alton Police Department. Chaplain Lane is disaster relief trained by SBC with advanced training in the areas of grief and trauma with Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Chaplain Marc Lane is a Full Member with American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a graduate of the International Conference of Police Chaplains with Senior Police Chaplain credentials. He also carries Certified Master Chaplain credentials with the American Board of Certification for Homeland Security. He also serves as State Associate Chaplain with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police - Area 10 (Madison, St. Clair, Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Calhoun, Bond, Clinton and Greene County