Church members learn defensive moves from security company
Due to the recent tragedies involving church shootings, the Central Circuit Charge Walterboro District decided to get some training so that in the event of being attacked everyone would know what to do.
The Central Circuit Charge consists of Union United Methodist Church of Kline, New Hope United Methodist Church in Sieging, and Simpson United Methodist Church in Allendale. All three churches gathered together for an intense training on October 29, 2017 with Hotep Protective Services. Andrae Dash, church musician for Union Church and Commander in Chief of Hotep Protective Services, led the training. H.P.S. showed the congregation several defense moves, and the staff acted out different scenarios in which they had to disarm the church intruder.
“The members of all three churches are watching as well as praying,” said Pastor Warren Murdock Sr.
On December 16, the staff of Hotep visited the service at Union United Methodist Church, and one of the staff acted as an intruder with a weapon to test the congregation. The congregation jumped in to action and quickly disarmed the assailant. Dash will be presenting Union Church with a certificate of completion at a later date.
Hotep Protective Services is a private security company located in Orangeburg. Their mission is to provide the best security and protection possible for any situation. They have over 20 armed, unarmed, and staff personnel. H.P.S. has been operating in the private sector for over a year, but brings over 25 years of experience from law enforcement and the military. H.P.S. conducts seminars in counter terrorism, active shooter scenarios, self-defense, and much more. However, due to the most recent events they have been working on providing churches with training to churches along with church security teams.
“We hope that you don’t have to use this training, but it’s best to be prepared,” said Dash.
For more information on Hotep Protective Services, please visit www.hotepps.com.