– The tragic killing of 17 people at a Florida school last week added additional urgency to a safety training event in Jamestown on Saturday.
Lutheran Church in Jamestown brought the Sheepdog Seminars to
town on February 17. The seminars deal with safety and security in
houses of worship and other public locations.
Dakota Highway Patrolman Tracy Brumfield says around 250 people were in attendance, many of them law enforcement officers from North and South Dakota. Attendees came from as far away as Texas and Colorado. Groups came from Dickinson, Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks. There were also people from Minnesota and Montana. Law enforcement members were able to earn their equivalent to continuing education credits.
Pastor Shawn Bowman at Victory said the Sheepdog Seminars are booked
as much as three years in advance because they are in such demand.
The Sheepdog Seminars
Group International is a Texas-based company. Some of the speakers
have been present at church shootings and discuss what has
worked to save lives and what changes are necessary to prevent
violence. Subjects include, but are not limited to, active
shooter response, confronting disruptive persons, lock downs,
reasonable and deadly force, sex crimes and dealing with severe
is a member of Victory Lutheran, a retired North Dakota Highway
Patrol trooper and now operates Stand Firm, a security consulting
Pullitzer-Prize nominated author, military veteran, and retired police Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
speaks on human aggression and the roots of violence. Jimmy Meeks, a retired police officer, Baptist minister and church security
specialist. Gregory Stevens is a Garland, Texas, police officer, who
talks about his experience shooting two ISIS-inspired terrorists
before they entered a Texas church in 2015, for which he was awarded
the Medal of Valor by then-President Barack Obama.
Carl Chinn presented data on church violence. His most recent information showed the
117 violent deaths on church property in 2017 are the most ever in
the U.S. He was a hostage and negotiator during a shooting incident
in 1996 at the Focus on the Family campus in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. Chinn was also a first responder at the New Life Church
shooting in Colorado in 2007.