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Local churches partner with law enforcement for safety training

Posted at 10:42 PM, Dec 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 02:10:20-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Local churches came together with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police on Sunday to learn life-saving techniques before the holidays.

Inside Mountain View Church on Sunday it was a different kind of service, one that's meant make folks aware.

“We need to be proactive in ensuring these things don’t happen here in Las Vegas,” Dr. BJ Boles, Senior Pastor for the Mountain View Church.

Senior Pastor Doctor BJ Boles says in light of recent active shooter incidents across the country, he felt it was the right time for this kind of training to take place for the hundreds of people who attend his church.

“We want to work under the umbrella of all the organizations to come together that we’re all pulling the same direction and not doing something inadvertently against what would be helpful,” says Boles.

For this kind of training Dr. Boles partnered up with local law enforcement just before the holidays.

Officers were leading the discussion, telling folks about MACTAC Active Assailant Response.

Firearms and dummies were included in the presentation to get folks to become more aware.

“Once we arrive on scene it ensures that the people that are here and monitoring the services here are trained and know what to do with their congregation, Peter Boffelli, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Spring Valley Area Command Captain.

This kind of training, happening at Seventh Day Adventist churches across Nevada and Utah.

Organizers say they don't want people to be afraid, but rather ready for what could happen.

“We don’t want it to be a scary thing, we want to do it the same way that children do their drills in schools so they’re not scared but at the same time we need to be prepared,” says Leon Brown, Sr., President of the Nevada-Utah Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.