Knox County sheriff holds church safety seminar

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More than 1,200 people listened and asked question’s at a church safety seminar Saturday morning.

The seminar was hosted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at Temple Baptist Church in Knoxville. 

“Since the Texas shooting at the church, we’ve had an enormous amount of phone calls from pastors and elders in church that want information about how they can strengthen their security at their church,” said Knox County Sheriff Office’s Lee Tramel.

Among the crowd was Christ United Methodist Church Senior Pastor David Tabor. 

“I wanted to come and just fully understand how our security team is doing their work and how we can improve our security team does at our church,” said Tabor. 

Christ UMC has had a security team in place for around 13 years.

“I think we will go back and discuss what we heard here today and sit down in a meeting and decide whether we want to update what we do now or leave everything pretty much like it is,” said Christ UMC security team member Terry Keck.

Keck has been a member of the church’s security team from the beginning. 

“Basically, just to protect the people in the church and my family is the biggest part of the reason I wanted to pursue that,” said Keck.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office is looking to have more security seminars. 

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