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U.S. Department of Justice to host Protecting Places of Worship Forum in Bozeman

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

BILLINGS—The U.S. Attorney’s Office is hosting a training program on Thursday, March 12, at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Bozeman to share best practices for security at places of worship.  

The Protecting Places of Worship Forum will be offered in two sessions. The first session will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the second session will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pilgrim Congregational Church is located at 2118 S. 3rd Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715.

The free interfaith meeting will provide faith-based leaders and community members an opportunity to discuss and learn how to prevent and respond to hate crimes against places of worship. Topics will include an overview of religious hate crimes, preventing and responding to active shooter situations, hate crimes statistics and symbols and securing places of worship.

Invited speakers include U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme and representatives from the FBI, Gallatin County Sheriff’s and County Attorney’s offices, Bozeman Police Department and area churches.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office organized the program.

All faith-based community leaders and members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by March 10 to Brendan McCarthy, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, 406-247-4656, or Rosa Salamanca, Senior Conciliation Specialist, Community Relations Service, 303-844-2974,

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Clair Johnson Howard
Public Information Officer

Updated March 4, 2020