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EPD hosts church crisis training

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History shows that even churches aren't immune to crisis situations.

Take, for example, the Louisiana pastor that was shot and killed back in September.

The Evansville Police Department is making sure Tri-State churches are prepared. 

Why does a church need to know how to respond to a crisis?

That's the question being answered Wednesday morning, at the National Guard Armory in Evansville.

The EPD is teaching religious leaders how to handle crisis at church.

A couple dozen participants came by, from more than ten Tri-State churches across Indiana and Illinois.

Vulnerability assessment, staff awareness, communication and police response were all discussed.

EPD Sergeant Darren Sroufe led this effort.

He says church congregations can be vulnerable, and that working together with law enforcement is best, before something happens.

"Well, they're going to walk out of here with an awareness first and foremost. And hopefully some information and little nuggets of thought process that they can take back and say, 'Oh well we need to develop this type of plan. This is what works for us. We can go through and establish this protocol,'' saysSgt. Darren Sroufe.

The only cost to attend was a canned good, to help the EPD Swat Out Hunger.

All donations will go to Tri-State food bank.


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