S.C. Shooting Prompts Increased Patrols Of Township Houses Of Worship

Police Chief Lawrence Roberts

Township Police Chief Lawrence Roberts said the recent shooting at a South Carolina church has prompted increased security at township houses of worship.

Township police will step up their patrols of Franklin’s dozens of houses of worship, according to a press release from the department.

The move comes in the wake of the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., according to the release.

Police Chief Lawrence Roberts said in the release that he and other members of the department will meet with leaders of several congregations in the township.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire community of Charleston during these difficult times,” Roberts said in the release. “Officers will be conducting increased security checks and patrol around the areas of houses of worship thoughout the township.”

“The Franklin Township Police Department has not received any information indicating any specific threat,” he said. “We are merely taking proactive steps so that parishioners will be provided with safest environment possible during their time of worship.”

Roberts urged residents to report any suspicious activity by either scaling the department at (732) 873-2300 or 9-1-1.

“We can’t do this alone, we need the community’s help,” Roberts said in the release. “The men and women of the Franklin Township Police Department are dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment to everyone within the community.”




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