Police Suggest Awareness in Local Places of Worship

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments | News
policecar630x290In response to the killing of nine people Wednesday night at a historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Prince William County Police suggest that residents be vigilant and aware of individuals in their places of worship.
“At this point in time there is no reason to believe the tragedy in South Carolina has any connection to Prince William County; however, because there may be concerns in our community we want to reach out and provide this information,” a police spokesperson posted on Facebook.

Police suggest that congregations train their memberships in what they call the “Three R’s.”

Recognize: Recognize the suspicious and the potential for problems: What is the norm for the congregation? Is the leadership aware of or in tune with potential conflicts or problems that may lead to attacks on the property?

Report: First report the situation to 9-1-1 or non-emergency number 703-792-650, then report to the appropriate staff

Respond: Respond appropriately, according to your plan, policy or procedure. Responses must be developed and practiced before they’re needed to be effective.

Police also suggest that residents consult the the Department of Homeland Security’s website and watch the video “Run, Hide, Fight” for recommendations on how to respond to a violent incident. For additional questions and information, the Prince William County Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit can be reached at 703-792-7270.

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