MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board’s Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Committee, under the Office of Community Advocacy, will present the first of a series of Active Shooter Trainings for church leaders at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Feb 8, at the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church, 777 NW 85th Street, Miami, FL 33150. The training is sponsored by the Miami-Dade Police Department and their Homeland Security Bureau.
Churches are supposed to be safe havens but several places of worship in the United States have been the scene of active shooter situations. For that reason, church leaders need to know what to do if faced with the situation; create a plan for their house of worship, and how to address hate crimes. “The training is open to pastors, ministers, priests, rabbis, and any church leader,” said John Quick, Chairman of the Community Relations Board. “Participants will learn what steps to take in order to protect their congregations.”
The Miami-Dade Community Relations Board was founded in 1963 and its primary mission is to intervene and contain community tensions, as quickly as possible. The secondary mission of the Community Relations Board is to work proactively to identify and relieve intergroup conflicts before crises arise; to develop bridges of understanding and support programs in the community; to foster understanding, communication, and mutual respect; to develop and support local or city based Community Relations Boards throughout the county; and to assure that resources are in place to respond to community crisis.
For more information, please contact Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board Director Shirley Plantin, EJD at 305-375-1406.
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