On Wednesday, January 15, the Greenwood Police Department announced that it would be offering a new service to local churches in an effort to keep parishioners safe.
The department is offering extra patrols, including walkthroughs, and the presence of off-duty officers during service times. “The Chief and the Mayor also gave permission for those officers who are off duty to drive their units to church,” stated Lieutenant Brad Hobbs.
Hobbs, who is spearheading the effort, is also serving as a liaison and point of contact between the department and local churches.
Hobbs and Chief William Dawson learned of the idea from a sheriff’s office in Alabama. “It is something small that we can do that will have a big impact,” added Hobbs.
The service, which is free to those churches located within the city limits, began last week. In fact, five churches have already reached out to the department expressing interest. “We’ve had nothing but positive feedback,” concluded Hobbs.
If your church is interested in this service, please have your pastor call Lieutenant Hobbs at 479-996-4119.