Armed parishioners for the protection of Indiana church
The officials of the Park Chapel Christian Church, the increase of the safety strategy by adding security staff, armed guards during the services.
A church in Indiana, announced that they have deployed an armed team of security guards to stand watch during the service following last month’s mass shooting at a Texas church.
Scott Kern, the director of the ministries in the Park Chapel Christian Church in Greenfield, Ind., said the security team would be made up of 10 local officials, who were also members of the church, FOX59 reported.
Core said the officers would be dressed in casual clothing, but his weapons on them during the services. The other 10 people would be guarding the church entrances and doors, but would not be turned on.
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“We hope that it is not very noticeable to the congregation, it will usually be us to know where people are, and what our responsibilities are,” Core told Fox59. “And again, we look at inputs, we look closed if someone would come in the building, then we have a plan in place to ensure that we can go.”
Core said that the church is working on a security plan, but accelerated the process according to last month’s mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which 26 people were killed.
“We want to make sure that people are safe and feel safe when they go to church on Sunday.”
– Scott Kern
“We want to make sure that people are safe and feel safe when they come to church on Sunday,” he added.
Brad Burkhart, Hancock County Sheriff ‘ s Department deputy chief, would be one of the people who are in the church during the services. Burkhart said he worked together with other churches and gave them advice on how to keep people safe during the services.
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“It is a big concern-and it should be for everyone,” he told FOX59. “It is necessary not only the large churches, such as park chapel that are involved, even the little ones are involved.”
The officer said that it is “a pity” that the safety in the churches that needed to be intense, but added that it was the “world we now live in.”
Core said that he was aware parishioners would carry weapons to services, but asked them: ‘let the safety of the efforts to the assigned teams.”