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
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