Johnson City Police Department to Offer Second Free Security Seminar for Places of Worship

Johnson City Police Department to Offer Second Free Security Seminar for Places of Worship

The Johnson City Police Department held their first free security seminar for places of worship two years ago. On July 16, they will be offering their second free seminar at Memorial Park Community Center.

The Johnson City Police Department will be offering their second free seminar for church leaders looking to secure their facilities on July 16. The program was first held two years ago in conjunction with the FBI, and helped church leaders learn how to build security teams for their congregations.

“We feel it’s a good time to do it again,” JCPD Capt. Brian Rice said. “We’re inviting all religious institutions to attend the updated training.”

The first time the training was offered, it was developed in partnership with the FBI, The Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It was developed in order to show houses of worship how they can promote safety and security while staying welcoming.

“There was so much interest generated in the first training session, so we decided to do it again,” Rice said. “We had about 170 participate [in the 2017 program]. This is not designed for parishioners to attend. It’s geared toward church leaders and they can go back and implement their own church security program.”

According to data compiled by church security consultant Carl Chinn, there were 1706 deadly force deaths and incidents between the beginning of 1999 and the end of 2017.

The “House of Worship Security Program” will be held from 6-8 p.m. on July 16 at Memorial Park Community Center by JCPD and the FBI. The program is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. To register, interested participants should reach out to Heather Brack at (423) 434-6105 or Attendance should be limited to no more than four representatives per church.

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