Church security training seminar offered Friday

By AUTUMN HUGHES

Posted 2/4/18

With personal safety becoming such an important issue in the aftermath of church and community shootings across the country, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is continuing last year’s security and safety trainings to ensure worship services and public meetings remain safe, while also creating a forum for attendees to discuss any safety issues recognized at their facility.

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Church security training seminar offered Friday

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With personal safety becoming such an important issue in the aftermath of church and community shootings across the country, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is continuing last year’s security and safety trainings to ensure worship services and public meetings remain safe, while also creating a forum for attendees to discuss any safety issues recognized at their facility.

Sheriff Eric Watson recently announced the first church security training seminar in 2018, which will be open to all faith-based, civic and nonprofit organizations looking to learn more about protecting those who attend their gatherings.

On Friday, Feb. 9, the training will be held at Waterville Baptist Church, located at 4555 Dalton Pike in Cleveland. The training will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 8.

The training is free and open to all organizations in the city and county, but officials are asking for small groups of decision makers from each organization since space is limited. Pre-registration is not required, and registration will be at the door.

According to BCSO Communications Director James Bradford, the Sheriff’s Office offered some training last year but the session on Friday night will cover new topics.

Special Agent Dewey Woody from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will be the first presenter. He will speak on  “Active Shooter Preparedness.” This presentation will provide product, tools and resources to help prepare and respond to an active shooter incident.

According to the Homeland Security’s website, the agency recognizes that active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. However, the agency believes any person can play an integral role in mitigating the impact of an active shooter incident through enhanced preparedness.

George Campbell, who is currently an instructor within the Training Division at Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, will be the second presenter. Campbell retired from Cleveland Police Department in 2010 and has successfully completed various specialized certification trainings during his 33 years in law enforcement.

Campbell will present the “Development of Security Plans” training which will focus on creating and implementing a security plan to protect those who attend services and meetings while maintaining a welcoming environment.

This training recognizes that each venue’s environment is unique from others and will give staff and key volunteers the resources to create a personalized security plan.

Additionally, Campbell will present “Civilian Familiarization” of weaponry that can be utilized with new and established security and safety teams.

Bradford said Campbell instructed during training last December but will be covering a new topic, whereas Friday’s session will be Woody’s first time presenting in this training series.

Bradford said the training in December took place at the Sheriff’s Office, but Friday’s training is being offered in a larger facility so more people can attend. He said while the training is open to churches and civic and nonprofit organizations, most participants are coming from churches. 

"We’re seeing the churches are really the ones who are seeking guidance,” he said. 

Sheriff Eric Watson said one of his obligations as the sheriff of Bradley County is to constantly prepare for different types of events in order to effectively protect the residents and visitors in this community.

“Sheriff Office’s personnel will continue to train churches and other organizations how to attempt to prevent critical incidents and how to react if a critical incident occurs,” Watson said. “We all must prepare for the worst and pray for the best.”

In December, BCSO provided a security handbook to training participants but that is not the plan for this new training.

“This will be more of an instruction,” Bradford said. “It will be more of a practical, Powerpoint video presentation.”

Any participant who has the security handbook is welcome to bring it; everyone should bring pen and paper for taking notes.

In addition to the presentations, Bradford said the discussion portion “is probably the most important” part of the training where the participants can share their own experiences “and allow them to express their concerns.”

For more information, contact James Bradford at jbradford@bradleycountytn.gov or 423-728-7300.

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