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Church Security Update from Pastor Todd

Posted by Cynthia Cullen on 11/06/17 @ 2:50 PM

We have all been very overwhelmed by the tragic event that occurred on Sunday, November 5 at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. As your Pastor, I wanted to communicate with you about what we are doing as a church staff, Guest Services, and Parking/Security team with regard to security on Sundays at HHICC. 

We had a security assessment completed 18 months ago and from that meeting, here are the things that have been addressed:

  • On Sundays, the Main Doors of the Worship Center are the only doors that remain unlocked throughout the morning. The Kids Ministry doors are locked every Sunday. 
  • Our parking and security team will also have one volunteer sitting inside the doors throughout the service moving forward.
  • Access to the facility during the week is through the Weekday Entrance using ring.com and using a door bell. The facility doors remained locked at all times.

In the past, we have tried to secure off duty police offers for Sundays and this is not something that Beaufort County formally provides for churches. Moving forward, we have decided to hire a private security company, Coastal Security Services, which will include a uniformed security officer on Sundays and for our Christmas Eve Services.

Maintaining a safe campus is very important to me as your pastor. Please let me know if you any questions by emailing me at tcullen@hiltonheadislandcc.org.

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