Church Security



Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Stresses Importance of Safety and Security Awareness for Local Churches

For Immediate Release 


Creed W. Hashe, Chief Deputy

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office

(864) 898-5501 


The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office launched an initiative in 2008 focused on providing safety and security awareness for local churches within Pickens County.

Since that time, the Sheriff’s Office has continued to provide that service to local clergy and their congregations in hopes that a proactive approach to the potential for crime and violence within our sanctuaries would serve to deter an act of violence before it occurs.

Since 2008, there has been substantial growth in the communities throughout Pickens County and numerous churches have experienced new membership as families have expanded and moved into the area.

Sheriff Clark stated…

“In light of the tragic event that resulted in the devastating loss of life in Charleston, I want to reassure our citizens that we listen daily for any information that may be indicative of a potential problem that may lead to violence specifically within our churches.  We have continued to embrace the program, started under former Sheriff David Stone, and will continue to educate all persons so that together we can identify and react to those that prey on innocent victims as they practice their faith”.


The program offered by the Sheriff’s Office goes far beyond the obvious concerns for church shootings.  Deterrence of theft, vandalism, domestic altercations, child safety and site security are additional topics discussed during the session for church staff.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone that would like more information into the program to please contact Captain Gary Parsons at (864) 898-5503.