NC sheriff deputies to hold security training for churches

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (WECT) – Law enforcement in Bladen County are planning training to focus on safety in local churches.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is providing the training to members of the clergy in the county to provide measures of safety to confront various threats and emergencies that places of worship may face.

Recent events, such as the Charleston shootings, have had many feeling unsafe at the place where many feel the safest.

According to a recent study by Carl Chinn, 1,018 deadly force incidents and 549 deaths have occurred on church or religious properties.

Sgt. Barry Pait said it is going to take a team effort in order to ensure safety back at churches across the country.

“I feel it’s very important due to our culture and due to recent incidents in our country that we’ve all got to come together as a community, whether it’s in law enforcement or in houses of worship that we can provide a safe environment for members of our community to worship,” Pait said.

Some of the topics to be discussed at the training are conducting risk assessments at the churches, developing a plan of action at the church, and protocol to handle an emergency situation, if one does arise.

The first training will be held Feb. 8 at Elizabethtown Baptist Church starting at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone with questions should call Sergeant Barry Pait or Sergeant Gary Turlington at (910) 862-6960.

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