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York City Police to host 'place of worship' security training

York City Police are extending an invitation to local law enforcement and worship representatives for a "place of worship security training" scheduled for late February.

The department said in a news release that it will host the training alongside the Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Officers' Association.

The association is a nonprofit organization of crime prevention specialists that promotes and maintains public awareness of crime prevention methods, according to its website. 

The York City department, a member of the association, will hold the training from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 at the Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene at 350 Chestnut St.

A "Place of Worship Security" training will be held at the Stillmeadow Church of the Nazaerene's York City campus Feb. 28.

Lt. Gene Fells said the department had been getting calls from local churches about security. Since the association was planning to hold a training session about security in places of worship, the department decided to host it, he said.

The department then asked Stillmeadow if the church could be used for training.

"They're just a good community partner, and they have a good facility," Fells said.

A news release from the department states that the training will explore security issues facing places of worship. The event will provide training on basic concepts of situational awareness, preventative measures and emergency preparedness, according to the release. 

The training is open to all local law enforcement and religious institution representatives.

Those interested may register by going to and clicking on "trainings."

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.