NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Religious leaders are seeking to prepare themselves in the case of outside aggressors threatening their congregations.

Instructors from the Connecticut State Police Training Academy will hold an active aggressor training for faith leaders and parishioners at the New Life United Methodist Church on Sunday.

New Life Pastor Chris Yount says he heard about trainings around the state and thought it seemed like a good idea to one at the church. Yount says the congregation just wants to “be able to protect ourselves,” in the event of a shooter or aggressor situation. Over 60 members of ten churches plan to attend.