The Alabama Senate has allowed a large Presbyterian church to create its own police force, the Christian Headlines website reports today (April 17, 2017).
The 4,000-member church says it needs its own police force to keep its congregation safe, especially with the increased violence directed at church congregations.
Atty. Eric Johnston -- who is behind the bill -- stressed the need Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham has for the police force.
"We've got over 30,000 events a year that take place at Briarwood -- going on all day, all night, at the school, at the church, at the seminary," Johnston said.