The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) has developed training materials that will help places of worship create security plans to keep citizens safe.

“In today’s world we must continue to make our citizens in our communities feel safe, a place of worship should be a safe haven, a place to pray, receive the word of the Lord, a place of peace, however, crime and violence have become far too prevalent and continue to breach our places of worship” said Sheriff Hassel.

The leadership of all Places of Worship are invited to attend this Security Training at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, 1400 Pioneer Drive Plymouth on Thursday March 1, 2018 at 6:00pm

The ISA developed materials that all sheriffs’ offices in Indiana can use to provide training to places of worship in their county.  The training is designed to teach church personnel how to create a security plan that will help prevent critical incidents and how to react to a critical incident if one occurs during worship services.

Topics discussed in the training materials include:

— Conducting a Security Risk Assessment

— Developing a Place of Worship Security Plan

— What to do during the Critical Incident

— What to do immediately after the Critical Incident

— The need to provide Crisis Intervention Stress Management afterward

“When you’re a sheriff, you have to be prepared for many different types of events in order to effectively protect the citizens that you serve.  In light of the most recent attack in a Texas church, I have received requests to provide training at churches and other places of worship regarding appropriate security measures,” said Hassel.