A course on church security is scheduled to be held this weekend in co-sponsorship by the Arkadelphia Police Department and Clark County Sherif’s Office.

A course on church security is scheduled to be held this weekend in co-sponsorship by the Arkadelphia Police Department and Clark County Sherif’s Office.
The structure of the course is similar to what is done when law enforcement meets with educators for active shooter training.
“All of this applies to church too. Especially with youth and Sunday schools,” explained Sgt. Dustin O’Brien of the Arkadelphia Police Department.
In light of recent church shootings across the nation, different lockdown situations will be addressed during Saturday's course. In addition, attendees will learn how to notice signs of possible danger.
“We basically talk about past scenarios and incidents,” explained APD Sgt. Dustin O’Brien.
The course is currently slated to begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church, located at 815 South 12th Street.
“This is something I believe in and will continue to partner with our fellow law enforcement partners to unsure the safety of our schools,” said Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson.
The duration of the course will be approximately three hours. Representatives from area churches are invited to attend this event.