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Sheriff's Office to Offer Security Training for Area Churches

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division will be offering free Church Security and Active Assailant seminars during the months of January and February. 

In light of the growing demand for protective measures at houses of worship across the country, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has developed a specialized half-day training session for those interested in developing or enhancing security teams and responding to active assailant situations.

The seminars will be taught by Sheriff’s Office Deputies and will specifically cover topics ranging from characteristics of suspicious behavior and church safety plans to active assailant incidents and Trauma First Aid. Participants will learn skills and receive tools designed to address the unique needs found in religious settings.

The first of these seminars will take place Saturday form 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Concord Road Baptist Church. At this time there are approximately 400 participants registered for this date, but space is still available for on-site registration which begins at 8:45 a.m.

Subsequent seminars will take place as follows:

Jan, 27 – 9 a.m.– 1 p.m.

Welfare Baptist Church, Belton, SC 29627

Feb. 10  –  9 a.m.– 1 p.m.

New Holly Light Baptist Church, Anderson, SC 29625

Feb. 3 -  9 a.m.– 1 p.m.

Marathon Baptist Church, Greenville, SC 29611

The seminars are open to all leaders from houses of worship across the Upstate and not limited to just those of Anderson County. Identical content is taught at each seminar. Pre-registration is preferred and can be done by calling (864) 260-4368 or by email to with participant name, the number of people attending, organization name, and training date preference.

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