CPD providing security training to places of worship

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CHEYENNE, Wyo (RELEASE) - Due to the high interest in the Cheyenne Police Department’s workshop for security plans in places of worship, the department will host another workshop for those who could not attend the event in December.

The two-hour training will help places of worship create security plans to keep citizens safe. This was developed in response to the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and is organized for those who work or volunteer in worship centers to make security plans designed to minimize harm done in the event of an active shooter.

Attendees of the previous event are also encouraged to come again as we will discuss how plans have been implemented and how they can be improved. If previous attendees are interested in speaking about changes they’ve made, please contact jharper@cheyennepd.org to coordinate.

Cheyenne Police Detective Jim Harper will lead the meeting. Detective Harper has designed the training to teach church personnel and members how to attempt to prevent critical incidents and how to react if a critical incident occurs during worship services.

Topics discussed in the training materials include:

--- Conducting a Security Risk Assessment

--- Developing a Place of Worship Security Plan

--- What to do during the Critical Incident

--- What to do immediately after the Critical Incident

--- The need to provide Crisis Intervention Stress Management afterward

The workshop will be held at the Cheyenne Public Safety Center, 415 W. 18th St. on Tuesday January 23, from 6:00 p.m -8:00 p.m.