A free church security class is being offered to churches around the area by the Texarkana, Texas Police Department.

The department is offering a two-hour course on church security and responding to active shooters at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. It will be held at the Special Operations and Training Center, located at 1420 South Park Road. The course is provided at no cost and open to any interested church in the region.

The course topics will include:
 Understanding the role and function of a Church Safety Team.
 Guidance on organizing and developing a Church Safety Team.
 Response to an active shooter and other threats.
 How to organize and position security personnel.
 Verbal and non-verbal communication from the pulpit.

Chief Dan Shiner said, “We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our community’s churches.  While none of us want to think that something like the horrific events that we saw in Sutherland Springs earlier this week would ever happen here, we must all be prepared nonetheless.  I encourage every church in the area to bring a group to hear this very important information.  We can accommodate about 125 people in each of the classes, so we have plenty of room.”

Upon completing the course, participants may request a complimentary on-site security vulnerability assessment of their church facilities.

Two additional opportunities to attend the course are planned in the coming weeks to accommodate those who are unable to attend the November 16th class due to scheduling conflicts.

To register for this course, contact Officer Matt Cashatt at 903-798-3356.



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