COMMUNITY NEWS

Concord Police to offer place of worship security training
Friday, September 18, 2015

UPDATED September 30: Please note, due to high demand an additional place of worship security training opportunity has been scheduled in the same location for Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Also, the initial session of the follow-up emergency preparedness program, which will be more comprehensive in scope, will take place on Monday, November 9. More information on this program will be available soon.

 


CONCORD – The Concord Police Department has announced a new training opportunity to help places of worship consider the security needs of their facilities and operations. The program is designed for clergy, lay leaders, worship staff, and anyone else responsible for the safety of their place of worship.

 

 

In a free, one-hour session, Master Police Officer Ron Ferrell will help attendees understand the challenges and needs of worship security. The program's goal is to make the process of creating a secure environment easier, less expensive, and more effective.

 

 

Those interested can attend one of four currently scheduled dates, or contact Officer Ferrell for further information. Each class will be held in training room 304 of Concord Police Headquarters, located at

41 Cabarrus Ave W

. Free parking is located in the parking deck across the street.

 

 

Currently, sessions are scheduled for:

  • Friday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 8 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Topics to be covered include:

  • children’s security
  • responding to a disruptive or violent individual
  • offerings and cash control
  • lockdown procedures
  • background checks
  • key security
  • implementing a security team

To register for this program or for more information, please contact Master Police Officer Ron Ferrell at 704-920-5000 or ferrellr@concordnc.gov. The City's public safety departments will also provide a follow-up emergency preparedness program to help attendees of the security training continue their efforts.