After the Texas church shooting, Sheriff Neil Godfrey is making security training available to places of worship in preparation for the holiday season.

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) has convened a group of Sheriffs and Sheriffs’ personnel from across the state to develop training materials that will help places of worship create security plans to keep citizens safe during the holiday season.

“This is a sensitive topic that I am disappointed to discuss,” said Sheriff Godfrey. “Nonetheless, I want to ensure that all places of worship know the Moore County Sheriff’s Office stands ready to assist in any way we can. In the wake of the Texas tragedy, we are making ourselves available to all Moore County places of worship regarding appropriate security measures and educational security training.”

This training becomes available to Moore County Churches after gunfire recently tore through the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Authorities say Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 in the attack, including the unborn baby of one of the women slain.  The victims range in age from 18 months to 77 years old.

It was the largest number of children to die in a mass shooting since 20 perished at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

One couple who survived the attack, Rosanne Solis and Joaquin Ramirez, say gunman Devin Patrick Kelley went aisle by aisle through the pews and shot crying babies at point-blank range.

Kelley was later found dead after the mass shooting.

If you would like to take advantage of this service, please send an email to sheriff@moorecountync.gov or contact Chief Deputy Frank Rodriguez at (910) 947-2931.

 

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