Dozens Attend Church Security Seminar

It's a balancing act:  Opening doors to people looking for hope and help, while ensuring those who worship at Church feel safe.  Congregations across the Metro area gathered to learn how to try and keep sanctuaries secure.  
The session comes after heartache in Charleston.  A man opened fire on a prayer group, killing nine. 
And earlier this month, local outrage.  A Fairburn church clerk was viciously beaten with a baseball bat by a teenager pretending to need help. 

"The church wants to be open, welcome, loving. But at the same time we need to be careful and cautious," explained Powder Springs Police Chief John Robison, who organized the event.  

Representatives from 80 churches learned to identify vulnerabilities in their own buildings.
Safety suggestions included an "eyes and ears" volunteer security rotation to monitor any possible threats, along with surveillance systems and enhanced screenings for anyone working with children or money. 

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in - includes advertiser stories