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Posted on: November 20, 2017

Safety in Faith "Next Steps" Forum

Safety in Faith


Unfortunately the recent tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, underscores the need for Jefferson County's Safety in Faith program. Over the past two weeks, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s has received inquiries from local houses of worship about next steps they can take to better prepare their staff and protect their congregation during an emergency such as an active shooter.

As a result of this heightened awareness and interest, we are offering a free forum to discuss the next steps in church safety on Thursday, November 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden.

 We encourage faith leaders and safety or security personnel to join us to learn about safety practices for houses of worship with small, medium, and large congregations. We will also have a representative from a church that meets in a school to discuss safety efforts and challenges unique to them. Each of our four panelists will present steps for forming a safety team, describe their safety protocols, and explain challenges they’ve overcome or continue to face in terms of preparedness and parishioner protection.

 
We would like this forum to meet the needs and concerns of local houses of worship; therefore, a significant amount of time will be reserved for questions. We hope an open discussion of safety issues specific to houses of worship will generate more ideas, create even better results, and fortify our collective efforts to prevent any form of tragedy from affecting our faith community in Jefferson County and beyond.

 Please consider attending our Safety in Faith Next Steps forum on November 30. While registration is not necessary, it is helpful: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0449A9A62DAB9-safety2.

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