‘Protecting Houses of Worship’ seminar opens dialogue between religious leaders and law enforcement

During a "Protecting Houses of Worship" seminar law enforcement officers discussed church security with members of the Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church and the community.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – On Tuesday, local religious leaders learned how to respond and prevent violence in churches.

During a "Protecting Houses of Worship" seminar law enforcement officers discussed church security with members of the Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church and the community.
During a “Protecting Houses of Worship” seminar law enforcement officers discussed church security with members of the Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church and the community.

During a “Protecting Houses of Worship” seminar law enforcement officers discussed church security with members of the Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church and the community.

People watched a short film created by the F.B.I. that simulated an active shooter situation.

After the video, a panel made of up representative from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, F.B.I., and the U.S. Attorney’s Office answered questions about how to react in violent situations during religious gatherings.

“We should be able to come here and be free,” said Pastor Marcus Rogers. “To worship and express ourselves in any kind of way and not have to worry about being secure in this place.”

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Division offers several seminars to the community.

To set-up a training session for your organization, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 706-821-1020.

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