Keeping Churches Safe
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CHARLOTTE, NC — The deadly attack on Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina has local houses of worship on edge. Churches are considered sanctuaries and places of refuge, not targets.
Pastor Phillip Davis from Nations Ford Community Church says you have to strike a balance of common sense when opening the church doors. Most churches will have people around who are assigned to engage and watch, making sure anything strange is identified and deal with if possible.
“You have to have certain key individuals who are trained to observe behavior, and then subtly be able to diffuse situations,” said Pastor Davis. “And I think that that’s becoming more of a reality with every church.”
The Mooresville Police Department is scheduling more dates for their House of Worship Security Training program, which helps churches create and train a safety and security team. There are two sessions scheduled for tomorrow at 10am and 2pm in the Mooresville PD training room.