“Unfortunately, in these days and times, no place is immune from mass shootings, and we want our citizens to go to church without worry and fear, feeling safe and secure to worship with their families and fellow church members,” Jones said.
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Church congregations reach out to the less fortunate and those in need of help, but sometimes those individuals also have a criminal history or mental illness that came make their actions unpredictable, Jones said.
“They just don’t know the complete history of a person and it can be a dangerous situation,” he said.
Many churches already have a security plan and encourage law enforcement officers who come to worship to carry their weapons, Jones said.
“It is a crazy world we live in. We cannot just bury our heads in the sand,” he said.
Those looking to register will have to be involved in an approved church security team. Limited space is available, so interested participants are to send the Butler County Sheriff’s Office an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.