January 21st 2023 – BRANDON MS – Rankin County has formed a church security leadership group to help facilitate training, communication, and information sharing to provide better situational awareness and support to our church teams across the county. In coordination with Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey and District Attorney Bubba Bramlett, a Rankin County-wide Church Security meeting was held recently. The meeting was hosted by Meadow Grove Baptist Church, here in Brandon.
Security teams from 20+ churches were represented at the meeting, with approximately 160 in attendance. This was the first such gathering in the past few years, with plans to meet every few months in the future. Speakers at the meeting included Rankin County Sheriff’s Dept’s Chad Callender and Jim Brinson from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. Mr Callender and Mr Brinson both work closely with state schools and churches, to help them assess their current security standards and implementing effective security training and methods.
Mr Brinson provided some great insight into many facets of security, as well as future training opportunities and discussion on Mississippi’s Church Protection Act. There was also discussion regarding grants up to $150,000 available to churches, to help with their security efforts.
If you would like information about similar meetings in the future or more about security training for your own church, please click the link below:
Mississippi Department of Homeland Security: CLICK HERE
MDOHS Ph# 601-987-1278
Mississippi Church Security Protection Act § 45-9-171 – CLICK HERE