NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies are working to help Lowcountry churches stay safe amid recent attacks on places of worship across the country.
A one-day seminar being offered Monday and repeated Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday focuses on the importance of developing a safety and security policy for churches, synagogues and faith-based service providers.
"Unfortunately, places of worship have not been spared from tragedy and violence. It is crucial that congregations learn how to respond to a wide range of emergency situations which can occur," Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said in a statement.
The class, conducted by Training Force USA, is in response to recent attacks that include the June 17 shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, in which nine parishioners were killed after a Bible study.
The free classes take place at the new Charleston County Sheriff's Office at 3691 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston. Classes meet from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Each participant will only attend one day.
To attend, you must register online here. Registration is being conducted on a first come, first served basis.