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Michigan State Police train to protect places of worship

Michigan State Police train to protect places of worship
Posted at 7:26 AM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 07:26:17-05

The Michigan State Police are working to step up security measures at places of worship.

On Thursday, more than 200 religious leaders and first responders took part in security training. It's all about preventing attacks at churches. The seminar teaches things like identifying suspicious people and safety policies and procedures.

The course started eight years ago. But after recent church shootings in Texas and Tennessee, religious leaders say the training is more important now than ever before.

Al Moreno, Director of Operations at St. Mary's Queen of Angels in Swartz Creek said, "Makes you ask yourself what would we do if that happened at my church? I come from my own family, but also with my position at the church I want to be able to answer the question when parishoners say 'Hey, what would we do?"

The training course sold out in two days. State Police hope to expand the program in the near future, offering classes around the state.