Perquimans, Carteret County deputies hosting church safety sessions

Two Eastern Carolina sheriff's offices are stepping up to help local churches keep their parishioners safe on Sunday's.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office is hosting two church security presentations in the wake of the deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas last month. The sheriff's office says they have received numerous questions about church security since the November 5 church shooting.

As a result, they will be hosting a meeting Thursday, December 7 at 7 p.m. at Glad Tidings Church on Country Club Road in Morehead City to discuss church safety precautions. The second meeting is being held on Tuesday, December 12 at the Smyrna Pentecostal Holiness Church on U.S. Highway 70 East in Smyrna.

Church leaders from the western part of the county are encouraged to attend Thursday night, and Eastern Carteret leaders are encouraged to attend next week.

Sheriff Asa Buck has also extended an invitation to all local police chiefs throughout the county to share their input.

"Our mission is to share what law enforcement resources are available and to work together in formulating a security plan that works for each church, regardless of size or location. No two buildings are the same, therefore consideration must be given to those who ask for our assistance in assessing and evaluating a custom plan for each of our county churches," said Sheriff Buck.

The Perquimans County Sheriff's Office is also hosting a church safety training session Thursday night.

Organizers say that a North Carolina Sheriff's Association Group put materials together this fall to help sheriff's train their local church leaders.

At the meeting, deputies will talk about risk assessment, how to develop a security plan and what to do during and after any incidents.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Perquimans County High School. For additional questions, you can call the Perquimans Sheriff's Office at 252-426-5615.