New Church Safety Alert System – is being launched in Jefferson County, Tennessee by Sheriff Jeff Coffey.
Jefferson County 911 District is working with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and his task force to connect more than 80 churches across the county to form the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Safe Church Task Force.New Church Safety Alert System – is being launched in Jefferson County, Tennessee by Sheriff Jeff Coffey. Click To Tweet
“Churches are sanctuaries, but it’s getting to the point where they need protecting too.”David Harbin, Retired highway patrolman and a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Safe Church Task Force
Many of the area churches have created or have been creating security teams at their local church. The County has has a few church security training sessions for the area churches in the past.
“It’s a way for us to network with the churches in the county.”Jeff Coffey, Jefferson County Sheriff
The training includes training with area law enforcement agencies as well.
“Security is so important when people come to worship.”Jimmy Norris, Pastor Nina Baptist Church in White Pine, TN
“Whenever we have events, whenever we have incidents, or suspicious things that happen at churches, we can send a mass text to all churches saying hey this is what you should be looking for. This is what you should be aware of.”Jeff Coffey, Jefferson County Sheriff
“While it might sound extreme to some, in today’s world, security is necessary, and when it comes to safety, you always want to air on the side of caution.”Jeff Coffey, Jefferson County Sheriff
You find in in malls and schools, why not churches? Each church can opt in for this.
I am glad to see this, knowing Sheriff Coffee, and being a part of the local churches in the Jefferson County area. I hope more counties nationwide, will adopt something like this.