After a shooting at a Texas church earlier this week, other churches around the country are considering what to do if something similar happens.
Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Puett said many people he’s talked with are searching for answers on how to improve security and prevent something similar from happening locally.
“I don’t think in this day and age we can… say that it’s not going to happen. It could happen anywhere. My thoughts and comments are of a general nature because obviously I don’t want to speak for other law enforcement agencies and I don’t want to speak for particular churches… or anything like that,” Puett said. “Communication is the key, and that’s going to start with either the clergy person and a group of individuals within the church… to sit down and identify the needs of the church, when are they worshiping, when is the building open, what type of security do they need, what kind of concerns do they have. Communication and planning… and being prepared, what do we do if something happens, who does what, who… directs the children to a safe place.”
Sheriff Puett said he urges anyone who ever knows of any sort of violence being planned, to let law enforcement know so they can work to prevent an event, rather than respond to the aftermath.
“If it’s a situation, whether it’s domestic related or (anything), where you know of someone planning violence or talking about violence whether a school or church, anywhere, please call us, let us know,” Puett said. “The only way we can help and keep this community safe is with the involvement of the community.”