Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Police Hosts Public Forum on Safety for Places of Worship

Safety and Awareness Forum for Places of Worship

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
Registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; forum begins at 9 a.m.

Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road

Most residents rely on churches, synagogues, mosques and temples as places of comfort and solace. However, as events across the nation and around the world have shown, that comfort and solace can be disrupted in an instant.

“We want congregations to be prepared and vigilant in maintaining the safety of their sanctuaries,” said Captain John Hall, who leads the Community, Youth and Intervention Division. “We want to heighten their awareness of what can happen anytime, anywhere.”

The forum will cover a variety of topics to promote safety awareness for religious gathering places. Safety professionals and officers will discuss everything from building lighting and locks to the handling of money.

Congregations are invited to send no more than four representatives to the forum. The forum is free, but registration is required to accommodate all attendees. Please register at or contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin at (804) 646-6754.