Church security forum Friday features Crump


Posted 3/8/18

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office continues its security and safety training sessions this Friday, March 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 forum Friday features Crump


The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will continue its security and safety training sessions Friday.

The free event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at Waterville Baptist Church, located at 4555 Dalton Pike in Cleveland.

The session is part of ongoing security and safety training 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. Pre-registration is not required, and registration will be at the door.

According to BCSO Communications Director James Bradford, Friday’s session will include a brief presentation from 10th Judicial District Attorney General Stephen D. Crump.

“He will talk about the legalities of carrying a concealed weapon at places of worship and school campuses,” Bradford said.

In addition, George Campbell will offer familiarization of weaponry to include lethal and non-lethal weapons. This session will focus on weaponry that can be utilized with new and established security and safety teams.

Bradford said Campbell instructed during training last December but will be covering a new topic Friday night. Campbell is currently an instructor within the Training Division at Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

The format for the training session is for the speakers to offer information and then take questions from the audience.

“We don’t want to have so many topics that we can’t get feedback and questions from the audience,” he said.

The training is free and 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.

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

“Sheriff Office’s personnel will continue to train churches and other organizations 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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