Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department offering church safety training

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UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley announced that his office will be offering church safety training to any churches in the county that might be interested.

This comes after a church shooting near Fort Worth, Texas, that left two dead and one person injured. There have been no reports of a threat in Unicoi County.

“We’ve had several in the country and I just feel it’s important,” Sheriff Hensley told News Channel 11.

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“I have a training officer that has took training just for that,” he said.

Hensley told News Channel 11 Saturday that he also authorized that his deputies may wear their uniforms and drive their patrol vehicles to church services if they so choose.

Any church that might want to establish a Church Safety Team may call the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department to schedule training at 423-743-1864.

Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Erwin, Todd Edmondson said this is a time every church should be vigilant.

He says it’s important to be alert and have a plan of action.

“As churches who want to serve the community as Christians we try to engage in that tension by being aware and keeping our people safe, but at the same time wanting to not letting our fear drive out our love for others,” said Edmondson.

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