Trident Tech to host free church security seminar on Thursday night

On July 6, Trident Technical College announced they would be offering a free church security seminar on their Main campus in North Charleston.

The college is inviting leaders of all faiths and religious organizations, congregants and the general public to attend the seminar on Thursday, July 23 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

The seminar will cover physical threats to churches, synagogues, mosques and temples.

“We wanted to offer this free seminar as a gift to the community,” said TTC President Mary Thornley. “Since the tragedy at Emanuel AME, worshippers have been discussing security issues and thinking about security plans. We hope this seminar will give the community a place to talk about their concerns and learn practical steps to make their houses of worship safer places.”

TTC posted the news on their website and said the seminar will be led by Lt. Frank Jackson, homeland security officer with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. Jackson, an ordained minister, has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience and has taught TTC’s church security course since its inception. He has also served as chaplain of the Fraternal Order of Police Berkeley Chapter and the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association.

The two-hour presentation portion of the seminar will cover topics including staff training, policy and procedure development, security assessments, surveillance techniques, recognizing different kinds of threats, and security team development. There will be an hour of Q&A and discussion after the presentation.

The seminar will be held in the College Center in Building 920 on Trident Tech’s Main Campus in North Charleston. The workshop is free, but attendees must pre-register by calling 574-6152.

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