BY MELANIE WADE –
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Church Security Class recently to help area churches learn to secure their facilities and keep them safe amid several church shootings in the last few years. Sawyer said following the most recent mass church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017, he was inundated with calls from both concerned pastors and concerned citizens.
The training was held on November 20, 3017 at the Mena High School Performing Arts Center. Sawyer was pleased with the turnout. “Our first Church Security class tonight was a huge success. We had over 300 attend. Thank you to everyone that attended and everyone that helped make it possible.”
Nathan Sherer, pastor of Union Mission Church of God in Mena, said he is, “thankful to live in a great community with incredible leadership such as our Sheriff Scott Sawyer. It’s a sad reality when we have to have these kinds of meetings but I’m thankful for a Sheriff that wasted no time in putting together this Church Safety Training. Sherer also added, “Scripture instructs us to be ‘wise as serpents and harmless as doves.’ I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to work with your local law enforcement and get a plan in place for your church to be prepared. Not just for an active shooter but for any number of circumstances.”