Twenty-six churchgoers were killed at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas a little over a week ago. Legislators on both a national and state level have offered little in the way of stopping this type of horrible crime from re-occurring.
Local police are turning their focus to increased security at local places of worship and are offering a forum to hopefully increase safety.
Mosques, churches, synagogues and all places of worship should be havens from the chaos of life. Safety is paramount and adopting a few simple procedures can dramatically increase the security of these sanctuaries and help to protect the people within and the surrounding property.
The Richmond Police Department will be hosting a safety and awareness forum for religious gathering places. The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. A variety of topics will be discussed, including general safety, preparing for an emergency, firearms in places of worship and pastoral protection.
The forum will be held at the Richmond Police Department Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. For further questions please contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at 646-6754.
For its part, Henrico Police are holding a similar session of their ongoing Faith Community Coalition series to address the recent violence as well as the ongoing opioid crisis.
From Henrico Police:
Chief Humberto I. Cardounel, Jr. cordially invites you to attend our November learning session for the Henrico Police Faith Community Coalition. The meeting will take place Thursday, November 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Henrico County Villa Park Station, located at 7850 Villa Park Drive. We will be discussing security for places of worship and the response to the opioid epidemic. No RSVP is required. We look forward to seeing you there.