Sunday’s fatal Texas church shooting that left 26 dead and 20 others wounded has prompted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to emphasize a program it is offering to make worship facilities more secure.
The Sheriff’s Office is offering safety and security training to all churches in Franklin County.
The program has been in the works in the last month due to the recent incidents in the United States with Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cowan already participating.
Department personnel have viewed Sunday’s shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, as placing further importance on expanding the training’s scope at the local level.
The program provides three phases of training for the churches.
Safety Phase 1 is a security assessment of the building and grounds as well as planning and tactical considerations regarding security.
Phase 2 of the training consists of actual response to active shooter for unarmed civilians to include planning, pre and post incident.
Phase 3 of the training consists of actual tactical response to active shooters by armed personnel. The training is offered in all three phases or any of the phases requested by each individual church.
The Sheriff’s Office does request any church that is interested in the training do the security assessment first (phase 1).
Anyone interested may contact Sgt. Chris Guess at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 931-308-9415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.