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Risk Assessment for Missouri Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Events




On February 26, 2018 at approximately 6 pm, the Highway Patrols Missouri Information Analysis Center provided information and training based on threats and past incidents targeting faith-based locations and events.


The training was designed for church officials and those responsible for site security and safety at houses of worship as well as Law Enforcement Officers.


The training took place at the Osage Beach City Hall Council Room and it was standing room only, being attended by many Law Enforcement Officers from various departments as well as church personnel.

According to Lt. Joe Botta, “It was great to see church officials and law enforcement coming together as a team to protect our faith-based community.”


Sheriff Tony Helms stated, “I don’t want to debate gun control; however, we must be allowed to protect ourselves through any means necessary.  Our main goal is to keep the citizens of our community safe.   We, as Law Enforcement, will be here to assist any faith-based church in establishing a safety program.  We will also be here to assist any school.”


As a community, we need to work together and through training we become informed.


"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

-Romans 12:21