Summit offers guidance on protecting houses of worship
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) – Houses of worship typically welcome all who come through their doors, a spirit of openness that can also leave them vulnerable to violence.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta on Wednesday provided guidance to religious leaders and others who are responsible for security at houses of worship.
Speakers addressed steps that can be taken in advance to improve security and identify threats and what to do if an active threat arises, as well as hate crime trends and how state and federal laws can be used to prosecute such attacks.
U.S. Attorney John Horn said high-profile acts get a lot of attention, but threats can also come from a troubled member of the congregation or community.
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