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USDOJ Offers Training To Faith Leaders

Rebecca Green

The U.S. Department of Justice is facilitating a meeting between area faith leaders and community members on how to prevent and respond to hate crimes.


The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 31 at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus, 7602 Patriot Crossing in Fort Wayne.


The "Protecting Places of Worship Forum" is hosted by the City of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Police Department. Topics will include an overview of religious hate crimes, historical and generational effects of policing, preventing and responding to active shooter situations, and fortifying houses of worship, according to a release from the City of Fort Wayne.


Speakers will include Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and representatives from the Fort Wayne Police Department, United States Attorney, Office for the Northern District of Indiana, Federal Bureau of Investigation – Indianapolis Field Office and Department of Homeland Security – Indianapolis.


Registration information is available at The deadline to sign up to participate is Monday, May 20. The forum is free and the building is ADA accessible.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.