Middletown clergy members receive active shooter training
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKRC) - The massacre in a Texas church that saw 26 people killed has local police departments helping worshipers prepare for a threat.
On Friday, dozens of clergy members got a lesson that could save lives someday.
It used to be that a church was a safe place, a place where families would gather to worship and have fellowship, but times have changed.
Now, pastors are not only preparing sermons, but thinking about how to keep their congregations safe.
Following the mass shooting at a church in Texas, Middletown's police chief wasted no time in calling on local clergy to prepare for the worst
To prepare for the worst, police invited some 60 local clergy to take part in active shooter training.
They were told to have a plan of action and form a safety team. A prepared congregation is a deterrent to an active shooter.
Pastor Norman Coleman of the Christ United Methodist Church says the Texas church shooting was a wakeup call for all clergy. Security is crucial.
Middletown Police train for active shooter situations. On Friday, clergy members learned what how parishioners can evacuate if possible, if not secure rooms and prepare for a possible confrontation.
Police told clergy members they will come to their churches to show how they can prepare for what they hope will never happen.
Pastor Norm says he will be reaching out to the Middletown Police Department next week to have officers come out, talk to the congregation and see what they can do to be the safe place that a church is expected to be.
Middletown Police are offering to come to churches to assess security and train congregations.