In today’s headlines, it has become more common to read
about violence in public venues, even extending to places of worship. Cedar
Valley College believes community engagement can help address this urgent
Safety and security in public places continues to be a hot
topic in our nation and around the world. Since last fall, Cedar Valley has
taken a proactive approach to assisting places that are vulnerable to attacks –
churches and faith-based institutions.
CVC Police, in collaboration with Continuing Education, have
launched a series of training classes specifically designed to assist
faith-based organizations in addressing and managing the challenges of safety
within churches, sanctuaries and houses of worship.
Anthony W. Williams, the commanding officer for CVC Police,
said the training classes held so far have been both enlightening and somewhat
“We are often in the same rooms with people of many faiths,
yet we are finding so much common ground even though there may be differences
in religious philosophies,” Williams said.
In the wake of shootings and other acts of violence, the
need has arisen to prepare church leadership, ushers, greeters and safety teams
for the ever-evolving dynamics of managing congregations with a sense of both
spirit and safety in mind. The training is a combined effort that involves
professional counselors, law enforcement commanders, safety security experts,
marketing managers, and clergy to provide comprehensive training to meet the
needs and challenges of all stakeholders responsible for managing
“One of the things we are proud of is being able to provide
such comprehensive training at an affordable cost for any church or faith-based
institution interested in this subject,” said RePaula Tate, an adjunct
instructor who helped develop the training.
Areas of concentration include:
The training facilitators are also available for on-site
inspections and safety plan development.
The cost of the training is $35 per student. Most of the
training is held at Cedar Valley’s satellite location in Cedar Hill. However,
Williams noted that demand for the classes is such that it will be expanded soon
to cover areas in East Texas.
The next scheduled sessions are April 29, May 6 and May 20.
RePaula Tate, CMS
Anthony W. Williams