Are Church Police the Wave of the Future?

Briarwood Presbyterian Church, a flagship congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America with about 4,100 members in Birmingham, Alabama, has asked the state for its own police department to patrol its campuses and they are likely to get it, according to the church's lawyer.

According to, a bill proposing that Briarwood Presbyterian Church and Briarwood Christian School get their own police department passed 9–2 in the House Public Safety Committee about two weeks ago.

The church's attorney, Eric Johnston, who drafted the bill for the church, said the bill was passed last year but because it got to Gov. Robert Bentley's office late, it never received a signature. This time around, Johnston explained, the bill should get Bentley's sign off after passing both the House and Senate again.