Alabama Signs Law Allowing Church, Schools, To Form Their Own Police Forces

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A bill to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church to have a police force won approval this morning in an Alabama House committee.

The Public Safety committee approved the bill by Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, sending it to the House, which could give it final passage.

The officers would have to complete state certified training by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. They would have the same powers as all police officers but those powers would be restricted to Briarwood properties.

Briarwood Presbyterian had been pushing for police powers for several years, citing security concerns at its church and schools off Acton Road at Interstate 459 and Briarwood Christian School on Cahaba Valley Road. The school has about 2,000 students and faculty at its two facilities in Jefferson and Shelby counties.

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The church and schools “may appoint and employ one or more suitable persons to act as police officers to keep off intruders and prevent trespass upon and damage to the property…These persons shall be charged with all the duties and invested with all the powers of police officers, including the power of arrest for unlawful acts committed on the property,” the law states.

The officers will have to complete state certified training by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission and be trained on the proper use of a non-lethal weapon.

Madison Academy has about 850 students at its campus in Madison. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

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The new policy goes into effect this fall.

The law passed during the most recent legislative sessions permits the church, Briarwood Presbyterian School and Madison Academy in North Alabama to hire police officers who are able to make arrests if crimes are committed on their properties.

The law passed during the most recent legislative sessions permits the church, Briarwood Presbyterian School and Madison Academy in North Alabama to hire police officers who are able to make arrests if crimes are committed on their properties clearing the way for Briarwood Presbyterian Church and its affiliated school, as well as a private academy in Madison County, to establish their own police forces.

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