Mississippi pastors receive training in church security
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Some Mississippi church leaders are learning how to make houses of worship more secure.
WHLT-TV reports that officials from the Mississippi Department of Homeland Security and the state Gaming Commission provided training last week for several pastors. It took place at West Point Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.
Security has been on people's minds since a gunman killed more than two dozen people Nov. 5 at a church in Texas.
Jim Brinson with the Homeland Security says church leaders should evaluate their property, checking doors, windows and entrances. He also says if guns are part of the security plan, they should only be used by trustworthy people who have been trained in how to use firearms.