AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday the launching of a webpage containing educational materials and resources for volunteer security teams to legally and effectively protect houses of worship.Thousands Of Arlington ISD Employees To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine At Esports Stadium
“As we recently witnessed in the heroic actions of Jack Wilson during the White Settlement Church shooting, volunteer security at houses of worship can provide immediate, life-saving responses that protect worshipers in dangerous situations,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Nobody should fear for their life while attending a worship service. With this easily accessible webpage, the brave men and women who make up volunteer security teams across the state can be equipped with the information and resources they need to protect their communities.”
Texas law allows churches, synagogues and other established places of worship to establish security teams without obtaining a license or permission from the state, if the volunteer security team members are:READ MORE: North Texas Residents Taking Steps Forward Nearly 1 Year Since Pandemic Was Declared
providing services on the premises of the place of worship
not wearing a badge or uniform that identifies them as security or creates the impression that they are law enforcement officers or personal protection officersMORE NEWS: Woman Dead, 2 Children Injured In Shooting In Dallas
In addition to clear descriptions of the law, the webpage features pathways to security training programs and grant funding opportunities that empower volunteer security teams to protect worshipers from any potential threat.