TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Recent hate crimes against places of worship around the world are leaving a mark here in the Wabash Valley.
That's why a special event is aimed at keeping churches safe.
It was the 'Protecting Places of Worship' event.
Local faith leaders gathered at Saint George's Social Center.
While they were there, they got specialized training from members of law enforcement.
They learned certain strategies to use, should an active shooter situation arise.
Church leaders say events like this are necessary.
Several of those leaders participated in a panel discussion at the event.
They discussed ways to end hate crimes against religions.