WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Pastors, ministers, deacons, and lay-members are learning how to better protect themselves and their congregation from crime.
On Saturday, the Wilmington Police Department hosted its first annual "Predators in the Pews" event.
The idea is to provide public awareness and crime prevention training to faith-based communities in the Port City.
Dozens of church leaders had the opportunity to learn about sex predators, financial scams, domestic violence, and substance abuse among other topics.
Organizer Linda Rawley said that providing this information to church leaders is a great way to reach the rest of our community.
"Church members have a lot of pull in our community," said Rawley. "We think that by teaching them how to protect themselves, they can then spread that word to the rest of our community and make Wilmington a safer place."
Organizers plan to offer the same seminar again next year.
For more information on "Predators in the Pews" or the "Boots on the Ground" program, visit www.wilmingtonnc.gov
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