Alabama May Allow Church to Form Own Police Force – NBC News
You can call it a God Squad.
An Alabama megachurch is seeking to establish its own police department — and a bill that would green light the force is already moving through the state senate.
The 4,100-member strong Briarwood Presbyterian Church, located in suburban Birmingham, contends it needs its own police force to counter any potential threats because it is also home to a K-12 school and a theological seminary with 2,000 students and teachers.
“After the shooting at Sandy Hook and in the wake of similar assaults at churches and schools, Briarwood recognized the need to provide qualified first responders to coordinate with local law enforcement,” church administrator Matt Moore said in a statement, referring to the mass murder of 20 first graders and six teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut by a deranged man with an AR-15 style rifle just before Christmas 2012.
“The sole purpose of this proposed legislation is to provide a safe environment for the church, its members, students and guests.”
The church would pay the bill for its officers.
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