Church safety

Deputy Chad Whaley speaks to the crowd at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office church safety class in 2017.

The Cullman County Sheriff's Office will host a Church Safety Class, Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 30 County Road 1184 off AL 157.

The class will focus on the steps a church and congregation can take to prevent imminent danger from occurring.

"Saying that our first church safety class was successful would be an understatement. We had over one thousand citizens attend our class in 2017," Sheriff Matt Gentry stated in a press release.

"We have all seen in the media and online the attacks that evil people have perpetrated against our churches, schools, business, etc. in recent years. At the sheriff's office our citizens are our top priority and we wanted to again offer a class to the community on what they can do to protect themselves and their family."

Some of the points that will be discussed include the creation of a church security team, increasing situational awareness, and promoting building security tips.

It is encouraged that 2 to 4 members of a church attend that may make up a security team. The class will be taught by Investigator Trevor Clemmons and Deputy Chad Whaley. Both have a combined 30+ years of law enforcement experience.

To register or for more information, email Deputy Bradley Williams at bwilliams@cullmansheriff.org, or call 256-734-0342.

Please email your name, how many are attending in your group and which church you attend.

Residents do not have to register, but it is encouraged so officials can get a head count.

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