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Law Enforcement Partners With Churches to Prepare for Acts of Violence

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FAYETTEVILLE– The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office along with West Virginia State Police and Grace Baptist Church sponsored an event on Tuesday evening to help prepare churches for acts of violence.

The event was called “Responding to Violence in Faith Based Organizations” and was presented by State Police Sergeant Jim Mitchell. After several attacks occurred across the country in the past year, many local churches have began implementing safety precautions. Pastors we spoke to say they are thankful to have the input of law enforcement on ways to keep their congregation safe.

Pastor Rudell Bloomfield from Mountain View Church of God said, “The environment of today’s world almost demands we have this kind of thing. There are so many protest groups that seeking attention and they will do anything to get that attention, so we are hoping to find a way to lessen that danger and protect our people.”

Pastor Greg Hurley from Solid Rock Worship Center said, “The saints of the church need to have that security. So I am very grateful that we have someone who cares enough about it to share with us what they can from a law prospective. We are going to take anything we can that can benefit our congregation.”

If you were unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting, but would still like some information on how to implement a safety policy, you can contact Sergeant Mitchell at James.l.mitchell@wvsp.gov.



Tyler Barker

Tyler is the Chief Meteorologist & Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. You can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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