This week, the Alabama senate voted to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church, located in Birmingham, to have their own police force. The church has over 4,000 people in attendance each week and they run a private school. They said having their own police force would help to keep everyone safe.
I was flabbergasted when I first read the article. I admit they have a lot of people on their campus, but it still seems strange for a church to have its own police force.
I have been thinking about the pro’s and con’s of this decision. If there is an emergency on the church campus, they will have the ability to respond quickly and potentially save lives.
However, what if there is a crime? What if the crime is committed by a beloved member, volunteer, or leader? Will the police force be able to maintain objectivity and investigate the crime? Also, allowing people to police themselves often ends in disaster.
What do you think about this church having its own police force?