LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - "The Missouri Highway Patrol has developed a church security program, and is offering a free training session...The highway patrol says for generations, church services have been considered a safe haven for worship...However, throughout the country, and more specifically in Missouri, the need for churches to enhance their security measures has been magnified."
There has been an increase over the last two years in local police jurisdictions seeing the need for church security. Events like the one mentioned above are becoming more common throughout the country. Check with your local police department to see if they have any programs specific to your local area. If they don’t, then you can ask to speak with a community liaison officer and suggest that the police department look into hosting an event. This is a good opportunity for you to offer your church building for the event. If you are even in need of help from the police you will want them to be familiar with the interior of your building. Don’t let an emergency be the first time they see inside your facility.