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McHenry County religious groups attend Lake County violence summit

Training helps places of worship plan for potential violent situations

WOODSTOCK – Representatives from 19 religious organizations throughout McHenry County attended a summit Thursday addressing how to handle violence in places of worship.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Advocate Health Care partnered for the training summit, which provided members of religious organizations safety tools on how to better secure houses of worship and plan for a potential violent situation, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

“All faiths and religions are targets of violent acts,” Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said in an official statement. “Nationally, over the years, many schools, businesses and places of worship experienced vandalism, threats and shootings.”

Representatives from 19 religious groups throughout Algonquin, Cary, Crystal Lake and McHenry attended, Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christopher Covelli said Friday.

Speakers touched on subjects such as hometown security; active threats; targeted violence and warning signs; vulnerability assessment and planning; and continuity and recovery, the release stated.

Attendees also learned about two active shooter responses – the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s run, hide and fight response, and the alert, lock down, inform, counter and evacuate (ALICE) method.

Speakers included members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Community Safety Team, Lake County Sheriff’s Tactical Response Team, Lake County Homeland Security, FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The summit lasted the entire day and was hosted by Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville Township.

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