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Security program being held for houses of worship

Associated Press

Detroit — Federal and local authorities are encouraging Detroit-area faith and church leaders to learn about improving security at their houses of worship.

The interfaith summit is scheduled Monday in Wayne State University’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium in Detroit.

It is being held in response to the June 17 killing of nine black worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Police say the attack was motivated by racial hatred.

Information will be provided to help clergy develop and put in place security programs and emergency actions plans. Hate crime trends and prosecution also will be discussed.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, Homeland Security protective security advisor Al Shenouda, FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Abbate, Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad and Detroit Police Commander Todd Bettison will speak.