The proposed donation of two bulletproof vests to a local church was in response to the church asking if the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office had any extra units available to provide for its security team.
Sheriff Randy Meeks said he agreed to see if there were any surplus vests which could be provided to Highland Terrace Baptist Church.
“They contacted us and wanted to know if there were a couple of expired vests available for a couple of their security guys, that’s all it is,” Meeks said, adding that while the vests in question are beyond their scheduled service life, they are still considered safe for the officers to use.
Highland Terrace Pastor Chet Haney said the church utilizes an off duty sheriff’s deputy to serve as security during the Sunday services, which since the church was severe damaged in the June19 wind storms, have been conducted at Greenville High School.
Haney said the officer is there, “just for a strong security presence. Unfortunately for churches, as we all know, have found that to be necessary.”
Haney said the church has been implementing a review of its security procedures in the wake of so many active shooter incidents in recent years.
“That situation is still in process,” Haney said. “We are definitely still working on it.”
However, he noted that the request for the vests was no indication of any imminent threat to the facility or the congregation.
“It certainly is not something we are expecting to happen,” he said.
The Hunt County Commissioners Court is expected to approve the donation of the vests, during Tuesday’s regular meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville.
The donation is listed as part of the consent calendar for the meeting, which refers to items considered to be routine by the Commissioner’s Court and which will be enacted by one motion.