The Crime Prevention Unit of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is presenting a Church Safety and Security Seminar on Saturday, September 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at LifeHouse Church at 535 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge. This free seminar is open for all churches and denominations.
The Church Safety and Security Seminar is being presented for area houses of worship to assist with emergency planning, a press release said.
“Prior preparation is essential for successful prevention and mitigation of potentially catastrophic events,” the release said. “This seminar will offer valuable information to help prepare.”
An effective plan for keeping congregations safe requires a complete team effort and coordination, the release said. It involves participation of the pastoral staff, ushers, greeters, parking lot attendants, deacons, elders, trustees, medically trained personnel, and many others. Every member of the church team should make plans to attend this seminar.
This seminar will begin with introductory information, continue with a review of current material about church violence incidents, and begin laying the groundwork for a church safety plan. The seminar will look at several incidents of violence that have occurred over the past few years and what can be learned from them. Legal counsel will present information concerning Tennessee laws and how to protect a church in our litigious society. Other areas of vulnerability in which congregations have been devastated due to lack of preparation will also be covered, the release said.
Those wishing to participate in this event may register by visiting our website at www.tnacso.net and clicking on the “REGISTER NOW” button. This seminar is free for all persons attending. The last day for registration will be Saturday, September 12.
For additional information, contact Deputy David Massengill of the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit at (865) 457-6269, extension 150.
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