Laurens County to hold church shooting security meeting

In this June 19, 2015 file photo, police tape surrounds the parking lot behind the AME Emanuel Church as FBI forensic experts work the crime scene, in Charleston, S.C. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Dylann Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

LAURENS Co., S.C. (WSPA) — The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is teaching church leaders how to protect their congregations.

The community is invited to attend the meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Laurens County Courthouse located at Hillcrest Square.

The sheriff’s office said several residents requested help designing security plans after a gunman killed 26 people and wounded about 20 others at a Texas church.

Some of the issues that will be discussed will be how to keep smaller congregation churches safe and how to detail an effective safety plan.

Law enforcement says they want churches to have a plan that includes safety measures, they will also speak with religious centers individually about their firearm policy.