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USAlabama governor signs law allowing church to have its own police force

07:05  21 june  2019
07:05  21 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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But does that mean a church should have its own police force ? The Alabama Senate voted Tuesday to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church to hire fully deputized officers who would carry weapons and Alabama law does not prohibit someone from carrying a gun into a place of worship.

The church says it needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000 person congregation safe. Alabama 's governor resigns to avoid impeachment amid allegations of affair. The state has given a few private universities the authority to have a police force , but never

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a bill into law to allow a Presbyterian church to have its own police force.

The law approved during the most recent legislative session gives Briarwood Presbyterian Church and its private school on the same campus the ability to hire private hire police officers who can make arrests if crimes are committed on the property, according to the Associated Press.

Officials from the church say a private police force is necessary to adequately secure the church and school, which enrolls 2,000 students and faculty on its campus.

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(AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed legislation permitting Briarwood Presbyterian Church to establish its own police force for its church and school campuses. The law approved two weeks ago allows the Birmingham-based church to set-up a private law enforcement department to make

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed legislation permitting Briarwood Presbyterian Church to establish its own police force for its church and school campuses The law approved two weeks ago allows the Birmingham-based church to set-up a private law enforcement department to make arrests when

The law also applies to the church's private academy located in a nearby county.

The police will have the same powers as regular police.

Randall Marshall, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, told the AP that the law could give the church the ability to not report criminal activity that occurs on its property. He said the law will likely be challenged in court.

The new policy is scheduled to go into effect this fall.

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