Security seminar aims to keep parishioners safe


EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It was just over a month ago when a gunman opened fire inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people.

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Martin said that tragedy in October sparked concern at places of worship across the Poconos.

Exactly one week before this faith-based security seminar, Michael Tripus was shot and killed inside the Paradise Township Municipal Building.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County Office of Emergency Management partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide this free training for more than 400 people at J.T. Lambert Intermediate School in East Stroudsburg.

“Security doesn’t have to be expensive,” said Protective Security Advisor James Cratty.  “It can be basic.  The starting points are to have someone in charge of security, have a team, and have a plan.”

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2017 was the deadliest year of mass shootings in modern U.S. history.

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