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Local Church Security

"We're ready. We stand ready every week. Ready to deal with any situation," says Pastor Larry Miles "We're ready. We stand ready every week. Ready to deal with any situation," says Pastor Larry Miles

A church shooting in Missouri leaves three people dead and five others wounded. This has uncovered different viewpoints within churches in Amarillo.

Some churches say they have to rely on God for safety. But, others say that they are targets and need to take heightened security measures to keep their congregations safe.

NewsChannel 10's Stephanae Benson spoke with the head of security at Trinity Fellowship Church and he says while church goers may not know it, security measures are taking place behind the scenes.

On any given Sunday more than eight-thousand people attend services at Trinity Fellowship.

And to ensure the safety of their congregation and guests, Pastor Larry Miles says they have a security team in place.

"We have ushers and we give them training on how to deal with various scenarios that could arise up to and including active shooter," says Miles.

This mega church says they're prepared to use deadly force if necessary. They say most of the problems start right here in the parking lot.

Miles adds "we watch for break ins in our own vehicles that are parked to come to services. We look for suspicious vehicles that might be cruising the parking lot."

Pastor Miles also says that they handle domestic disputes, disruptive behaviors, and theft on a regular basis.

That's why there are over 140-off duty officers and volunteers trained for a potential threat, some even carrying weapons in the sanctuary.

"We're ready. We stand ready every week. Ready to deal with any situation," said Pastor Miles

 

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