Police Chaplain Message

Message from Chaplain La Torre

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."  Matthew 5:9

Biography of Rev. Joel La Torre

Rev. Joel La Torre

Rev. Joel La Torre ia an Ordained Minister of The Church of God denomination. An organization with over 49,000 congregation across the world, with a membership of over 26 million followers. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Living Water Church in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Rev. La Torre has over 10 years of Pastoral Ministry experience.   

Rev. La Torre has served as the Woodland Park Police Chaplain since 2012. Chaplain La Torre is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains. 

He is a Student currently enrolled in the New York Theological Seminary, working towards his Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Church of God.  

If you wish to know more about Rev. Joel La Torre ministry log onto: www.lwchurchofgod.com

What does a Chaplain DO?

The chaplain’s ministry is one of service to law enforcement officers, their families, other department members, and the community. This is accomplished through various means. Of which the key role of the police chaplain is one of presence. 

The specialized pastoral care ministry provided by a Police Chaplain requires a person with a special servant's heart above all else.  Police Chaplains serve a variety of roles in the department. 


  • Chaplains are available to counsel a law enforcement officer or other members of the department.
  • Chaplains are available to counsel a member of the departments’ family.
  • Chaplains are available to visit sick or injured officers and department personnel in homes and hospitals.
  • Chaplains are available as a very valuable asset during times of an officer or department death.
  • Chaplains are available to deliver death messages to surviving family members.
  • Chaplains are available to be called to the scene of fatality accidents or locations where a deceased person is found, to help locate and notify the next of kin.
  • Chaplains are available to serve on the department's debriefing/defusing team after traumatic incidents.
  • Chaplains are available and ready to respond to any and all requests from the department for whom they serve.
  • Chaplains lead prayers for special occasions such as departmental meetings, promotions, traumatic situations, and 


It is always the desire for Rev. La Torre to make himself available to anyone who has a need for his help. However much time is needed, Rev. La Torre is ready and willing to be of help and assistance to the the Woodland Park Police Department, Woodland Park Community,  citizens, whenever called upon.