BY MELANIE WADE –
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department, along with other local law enforcement, is planning to host a Church Security Class following the recent mass shooting at a Texas church. Shootings at places of worship have risen in the last few years, and following the Texas tragedy, Sheriff Sawyer said he has be inundated with phone calls from concerned church patrons and leaders about the safety of their facilities and what they can do to avoid such tragedies.
In response, Sheriff Sawyer and his department will host the Church Security Class on Monday, November 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the Mena High School Performing Arts Center. Sawyer encourages all churches to have representatives at the training. Anyone interested in attending should call Tammie Minton. Let her know what Church you are with and how many people will be in your group. You can reach her at 479-394-8163.