The Alabama Senate has voted to allow a church to form its own police force, reports the Associated Press .

Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 24-4 to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to establish a law enforcement department.

The church says it needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000 person congregation safe.

Police experts have said such a police department would be unprecedented in the U.S.

 

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