Protecting Our Own - Victory Lutheran Hosts Security Seminar on Saturday
Posted by KSJB News on 2/17/2018 6:41:00 PM.


JAMESTOWN – The tragic killing of 17 people at a Florida school last week added additional urgency to a safety training event in Jamestown on Saturday.

Victory 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.

Retired North 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.

Senior 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 weather.

Brumfield is a member of Victory Lutheran, a retired North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper and now operates Stand Firm, a security consulting firm. 

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.

Researcher 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. 

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