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Michigan State Police helps religious centers provide better security

Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 20:36:31-05

Pastors in metro Detroit say their members have been concerned about safety after the Texas shooting tragedy.

Michigan State Police is offering a one-day seminar that teaches clergy and others involved in religious leadership roles to learn about security issues in places of worship. 

The training will cover six topics, including criminal background checks and critical incident readiness. 

“We talk to clergy members that unfortunately the days of having a big welcome open door to your church or synagogue or your mosque probably isn't a good idea anymore. It is something you need to look at to see who you’re welcoming into those type of environments,” says Lt. Mike Shaw with Michigan State Police. 

Shaw says they started the program 10 years ago and usually have a good turnout. 

Tim Bollinger pastors Shephard’s Gate Church in Shelby Township. His church has some security, but they think they can do more. 

“It’s such a blessing that they're offering this training coming alongside churches and nonprofits to be able to do this, to be able to be equipped so that we are fully prepared if something should arise,” Bollinger says. 

The class is Thursday, Dec. 14 in Lansing. 

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