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Sheriff’s office offers security courses for church congregations

Montgomery County Sheriff David White would like local churches to know that members of his office are available to teach security training courses for local congregations.

In a recent conversation Sheriff White stated that his decision to offer security training is a direct result of a recent rise in attacks on places of worship throughout the Unites States.

One of the most recent attacks occurred just over a week ago in White Settlement, Texas at Freeway Church of Christ. Two people were killed in the attack.

The attack came just over two years after a similar attack at First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas. There were 26 people killed in the Sutherland Springs attack and 20 others injured.

One deciding factor in the number of shooting victims can be directly traced to trained volunteer armed security guards in the congregation. Reports state that when the shooter at the most recent shooting opened fire he was met with return gunfire from two trained volunteers.

Reports stated that the attack lasted no more than six seconds due to the quick response time of the trained security volunteers.

Sheriff David White wants area churches to know that he and Chief Deputy Will Brakefield are available for security training classes. Many churches in Montgomery County have already increased security. It is not uncommon to see security cameras in local churches and many members are certified concealed carry permit holders.

Sheriff White requests that he be allowed to speak to the entire congregation as part of the training.

Sheriff White asks interested churches to please contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 867-3151. Please ask for Sheriff David White, or Chief Deputy Will Brakefield.

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