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Tift County Sheriff: Deputies permitted to drive patrol vehicles to place of worship

Posted at 2:50 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 14:50:53-05

TIFT COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — A sheriff's office in south Georgia is getting some online attention after authorizing deputies to drive their patrol car to their place of worship as part of their ongoing effort to keep the spaces "sacred and safe."

The Tift County Sheriff's Office says a place of worship should remain "sacred and safe" and to ensure this, they are implementing new safety precautions.

In a recent Facebook post that gain some buzz, TCSO explained that "due to the increase in violent church assaults across this country," deputies will be authorized to drive their department vehicles to their respective church if they wish to do so.

The authorization went into affect on Thursday.

The sheriff's office added that they will do everything in their power to ensure that sacred places of worship in Tift County remain safe.

As part of that, the department said they are also offering a church security training program to any church that is interested.