It's information everyone needs but the kind that they hope to never use.

It's information everyone needs but the kind that they hope to never use.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office Chaplain's Department is holding a seminar for churches on church safety Tuesday, Feb. 20 in Neosho.
Church shootings are the rise according to statistics. They've happened in many locations across the United States and in 2007, a church shooting happened in Neosho. Three people died and five others were wounded on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007 at the First Congregational Church.  Mass shootings have become common and has been defined as a shooting in which at least four individuals die from gun violence. Nationwide, schools, institutions, and many businesses have adopted new security measures in an effort to prevent mass shootings.
Most churches, until recently, haven't. But many believe it's time for churches to focus on security.
Between 1980 and 2005, 137 people died in church shootings. From 2006-2016, the number increased to 147. The deadliest church shooting happened last year, on November 5 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas where 26 people died and many others were wounded. On the same day, another church shooting in the parking lot of a Catholic church in Fresno took two more lives.
With these facts in mind, the Chaplain's Department of the Newton County Sheriff's Office is holding two seminars on Tuesday, February 20. The first session will be held at 2:30 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m. Both will take place in the Community Room at New-Mac Electric's Neosho office, located at 12105 Highway 86.
Law enforcement officers from both the Newton County Sheriff's Department and the Neosho Police Department will be on hand to explain how to prevent acts of violence against the church. They also provide information on who to call and what to do in the event of a gun violence incident. The session will last approximately two hours.
The seminar is free of charge for church leadership or security leaders of the church. Those who plan to attend should RSVP by February 19 by calling KNEO Radio at 417-451-5636 and stating which seminar will be attended.
This event is provided as a service offered by the law enforcement chaplains of the Newton County Sheriff's Department.