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Place of worship risk management course held in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -

A risk management course for places of worship on Saturday taught students how to protect their places of worship.

The lecture and small group based course gave specific scenarios that analyzed potential threats and targets that can exist inside of a church.

Instructor Joshua Gideon says knowing how to react in any type of emergency is important for congregations.

"We're also looking at this not just from a security, active-shooter perspective but also looking at it from the elderly person having a heart attack and having to treat that person," he said.

The class took place at the liberty defense company and Gideon says they plan on having more of them in the near future.

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