US Attorney’s Office Holds Workshop on Protecting Places of Worship | national news
MACON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia and the Georgia Sheriff’s Association are partnering with local law enforcement to hold “Protecting Houses of Worship” safety training conferences this summer in communities around the district.
Since 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has organized this training which brings together religious leaders and all those involved in security in churches, synagogues, mosques and places of worship to provide education and a forum for discussion on topics such as safety, security, emergency preparedness of action plan, hate crimes and threat growth and management.
“Learning to prevent and respond to threats is, unfortunately, a necessity in today’s world,” U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary said in a press release. “Preserving the inherently welcoming and peaceful environment that people expect in their places of worship is essential to the safety and well-being of the community. I am grateful to the many law enforcement agencies who partner with us to provide this essential training to those involved in the security of our places of worship.
A “Protecting Houses of Worship” summit was held in Athens on Tuesday with participants representing a synagogue, a mosque and churches in the region. The next training will be June 7 at Unionville Missionary Baptist Church, 3820 Houston Ave. in Macon. There will be training in Columbus and Valdosta this summer. Dates and locations are being finalized.
For more information about registering or hosting a Protecting Houses of Worship Summit in your community, contact Pam Lightsey, Law Enforcement Coordinator with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, at pam. [email protected]