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Wilson County Sheriff's Office offering security assessments for churches

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In light of the recent mass shootings at churches in Antioch and Texas, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office is offering security assessments to local churches.

The sheriff's office will provide information to churches on how to deal with several types of emergencies, including active shooter situations and inclement weather.

The security checks will be scheduled by appointment and will last from one to two hours, based on the size of the facility.

In order to conduct a security check, the sheriff's office will need:

  • A map of the property and building
  • Number of any armed security staff that may be on the property
  • Electrical and sprinkler system shut down points
  • Estimated number of people attending each service
  • Telephone directory for all staff
  • All video points

The sheriff's office will provide a written assessment of any recommendations to the church. They will also start a file on the place of worship, which would be used to help first responders in case of an emergency.

"In light of the tragedies that have taken place in many churches across the country, we want to take proactive steps to ensure a safe place of worship for every church in Wilson County," said Sheriff Robert Bryan in a news release. "We hope that everyone will take advantage of this service and take the necessary steps in order to maintain a safe environment for each congregation."

Churches can also request a child-friendly presentation from the sheriff's office for their congregations to explain what to do and where to go during an emergency.

Anyone interested in requesting this service is asked to contact Elizabeth Anderson at 615-444-1412, ext. 255, at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office or via email at eanderson@wcso95.org.

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