January 26, 2018
Cowley College assists area churches
Following the tragic incident in Sutherland Springs, Texas where an active shooter took the lives of 26 people attending church, churches all over the country have begun to evaluate their needs for security. In reality church security is not a new issue. In 2017 alone there were 117 violent deaths on faith based properties in the United States. In response to their needs some area churches contacted the Cowley College criminal justice program and requested assistance from program director Frank Owens.
Owens has met with area churches requesting assistance and prepared an introductory presentation covering topics such as needs assessment, church violence statistics, concealed carry considerations, creating a safety committee and crime prevention by environmental design. In addition to the initial presentation, additional presentations have included an introduction to A.L.I.C.E. training developed by Cowley College director of campus security and public safety Matt Stone as well as simulator experiences for church representatives in order that they may get a feel for the issues surrounding concealed carry decisions in a church environment.
Pastor Nathan Cook at GracePointe Assembly of God in Winfield said the A.L.I.C.E. training was beneficial to himself and his security team.
“We wanted to be proactive, so we put a security team together for our church,” Pastor Cook said. “It was beneficial for us to walk through what to do in the event there was an active shooter in our church.”