Sanctuary church safety class to be offered Oct. 16

Staff Report

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is offering the nationally recognized church safety program “Safety in the Sanctuary” at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Lee Foster said the presentation gives church leaders the information they need to begin discussions and preparations for a comprehensive church safety plan.

“We have been amazed at the overwhelming response to this program,” said Foster. “The input has been so positive from our citizens showing us that this information is both relative and useful for today’s society.”

Foster said he felt it was time to offer the training again to help churches prevent and prepare for such incidents.

Foster said the program gained national notoriety when it was featured in the National Institute of Justice’s law enforcement publication call TECH BEAT.

Foster said the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office received calls from law enforcement and public safety officials from across the nation asking about the program and how they could adapt it for their communities after the article was published.

Foster said the training has had an overwhelming and extremely positive response from attendees. The training is designed to impress upon church leaders the necessity to plan for emergencies in the church environment.

“We are certain that this topic is both real and relevant to the citizens of Newberry County,” said Foster.

The first three trainings offered have been heavily attended with the first filling up in a matter of days.

Foster also said residents from outside Newberry County can attend the training as long as seats are available.

Contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2211 or email to reserve a seat for the training.

Staff Report