Church security training is tonight at Waterville

From Staff Reports

Posted 2/9/18

The next session of security and safety training sessions offered by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is this Friday, Feb. 9. This free session is offered from 6 to 8 p.m. at Waterville Baptist Church, located at 4555 Dalton Pike in Cleveland.

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Church security training is tonight at Waterville


The next session of security and safety training sessions offered by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is on tap for tonight at Waterville Baptist Church, located at  4555 Dalton Pike.

The free seminar is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m.

The session is a continuation of last year’s security and safety trainings to ensure worship services and public meetings remain safe. It will also offer a forum for attendees to discuss any safety issues recognized at their facility.

Sheriff Eric Watson recently announced the seminar, which will be open to all faith-based, civic and nonprofit organizations looking to learn more about protecting those who attend their gatherings.

The training is open to all organizations in the city and county, but officials are asking for small groups of decision-makers from each organization since space is limited. Pre-registration is not required, and registration will be at the door.

Topics to be covered in tonight's event include:

• “Active Shooter Preparedness” by Special Agent Dewey Woody from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. This presentation will provide product, tools and resources to help prepare and respond to an active shooter incident.

According to the Homeland Security’s website, the agency recognizes that active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. However, the agency believes any person can play an integral role in mitigating the impact of an active shooter incident through enhanced preparedness.

• “Development of Security Plans” by George Campbell, currently an instructor within the Training Division at the BCSO. This training will focus on creating and implementing a security plan to protect those who attend services and meetings while maintaining a welcoming environment.

The training recognizes that each venue’s environment is unique from others and will give staff and key volunteers the resources to create a personalized security plan.

• “Civilian Familiarization” by Campbell. This session will focus on weaponry that can be used with new and established security and safety teams.

According to BCSO Communications Director James Bradford, Friday night's session will cover new topics. He said while the training is open to churches and civic and nonprofit organizations, most participants are coming from churches.

"We’re seeing the churches are really the ones who are seeking guidance,” he said.

Watson said one of his obligations as the sheriff of Bradley County is to constantly prepare for different types of incidents in order to effectively protect the residents and visitors in this community.

“Sheriff Office’s personnel will continue to train churches and other organizations [in] how to attempt to prevent critical incidents and how to react if a critical incident occurs,” Watson said. “We all must prepare for the worst, and pray for the best.”

For more information, contact James Bradford at or 423-728-7300.


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