Church Allowed to Form Own Police Force

Church Allowed to Form Own Police Force

I had no idea this was in the works, but I support it. The Alabama Senate has voted to allow the Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to establish their own police force to protect themselves. They have a school and over 4,000 people in their congregation. I think that is a smart thing to do and parishioners should be allowed to be armed as well. Face it, if a gunman comes to a church, by the time the police get there, the killing will be done. Having security right there makes total sense.

Some people are criticizing this move saying that the personalized police force could be used to cover up crimes. I highly doubt that and we still have attorneys for suing people, so that argument just doesn’t hold water. Alabama has already given a number of universities the right to have a private police force. I don’t even know why you need permission from the state over this. As long as the security has training and is licensed, why is this a big deal?

From WBRC:

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has voted to allow a church to form its own police force.

Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 24-4 to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to establish a law enforcement department.

The church says it needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000 person congregation safe.

Critics of the bill argue that a police department that reports to church officials could be used to cover up crimes.

The state has given a few private universities the authority to have a police force, but never a church or non-school entity.

Police experts have said such a police department would be unprecedented in the U.S.

A similar bill is also scheduled to be debated in the House on Tuesday.

Police are saying this would be an unprecedented move, but again, I wonder why? To me it looks like common sense. Opponents are saying the police force may be more loyal to the church than the rule of law. Oh, bull crap. That sounds like people who hate Christians and churches in the first place. On Tuesday, Alabama’s upper legislative chamber voted 24-4 to pass Senate Bill 193. Now the bill goes to the House.

And here come the liberals… “It’s our view this would plainly be unconstitutional,” Randall Marshall, the American Civil Liberties Union acting executive director, told NBC News last month. No, it’s not unconstitutional. Remember the Second Amendment? Duh. “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 March statement. The church police will be certified after completing a program with state law enforcement. In the House, the Alabama Church Protection Act, or HB36, goes even further, allowing other churches to hire armed security guards, who would then be given legal immunity if they shoot someone in the line of duty, as other police are. Works for me.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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