Events, recent interviews, and recommended reading
Conferences Coming Soon
A church security conference is a great way to see what others have done,
get to know like-minded professionals, and learn ways to make your program more
effective. Following are conferences, events or presentations coming up.
June 23 -- Colorado Springs, CO -- New Life Church team training
2. August 24 -- Tampa Bay, FL -- Calvary Baptist Church
3. September 10 -- Oak Creek, WI -- Oak Creek Assembly of God
4. September 15 -- Birmingham, AL -- Details forthcoming
5. October 4 & 5 -- Carrolton, TX -- Covenant Church
6. October 12-16 -- Elk Season -- no conferences!
7. October 26th -- Plymouth, MI -- Northridge Church
8. October 28th – Arlington, TX – Ultimate Tax and Legal Conference
If you would like for me to come speak at an event in your city, please
contact me directly at email@example.com.
Recent interviews and media references
SBC Life (interview)
and Security LLC (reference)
Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch (interview)
Charisma News (reference)
Gone in a Heartbeat -- Our Daughters
Died, Our Faith Endures, (book): In spite of our best security efforts, bad
things can still happen. After starting our security team in 2005, a gunman
came on December 9th, 2007. While it is true that our security stopped that
attack very quickly, he had already taken the lives of two innocent girls before
he was stopped. One of the healthiest perspectives I have ever read concerning how we deal with tragedy came from the father and
mother of those girls (David and Marie Works).
Proverbs 16 :9, "...man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps".
REVISED! Less yak -- more tac
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/ safety planner are an attorney and an insurance agent. All suggestions on
this site are at risk of being legal in one jurisdiction but not another,
acceptable by one insurance underwriter and not another.
certain to confirm regional legality and insurance coverage compliance before
implementing any practice.
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glad to recommend the following;
potential concerns for an upcoming event in a security
team meeting before the event begins.
Consider extra-duty agreements with your local law enforcement
into two teams – odd & even – each of which serves only on the Sundays with
odd or even dates. This way you don’t burn out
(surveillance) systems not only
deter crime and capture incidents, but verify what didn’t happen as well as (critical
in false accusation cases).
detection systems can be integrated with automated
lighting controls. For example -- when a door is forced, window broken
or motion sensors are activated at night, all exterior building lights and the
parking lot lights can come on.
Lights always on
can be almost as vulnerable as lights never on. But lights that come on due to
some action (can be as simple as motion activated switches)
catch the attention of both perps and night-time patrolling officers.
on pull stations prevent most nuisance fire alarms.
Check with your
fire alarm system provider regarding PAS (Positive
Alarm Sequence) programming. This allows operations staff 180 seconds to
investigate any alarm before the horns go off. The fire department will require
evidence of effective staff training on fire alarms, which is a mandated
If you knew or should have known
that a person had the potential and / or history of harming children, you may
Consider Recurring Background
Investigations from Secure Search (background
investigations for all volunteers and all staff)
A car broken into in a church parking lot is a serious
issue. Police should always be notified instantly, as these thieves often take
information from the vehicle registration to determine the home of the owner –
drawing a conclusion that the home will be unguarded then, or at the same time
in future weeks. In some cases, they take the garage door opener and before the
investigation is over at the parking lot, they are already in the home. As a
precaution, vehicle registration and other owner address information should be
kept in a secure place in the vehicle. New garage door openers can fit on your
key chain and be with you at all times.
the entire wheel when developing a security program. Local ordinances often
require Shelter in Place, Emergency Action or Security
Plans for schools.
Keep an incident
log of medical emergencies, and quickly pass on the names of any persons
treated for medical issues to pastoral staff for prompt
personal follow-up ministry.
Build procedures manuals as you go. Keep the document small
and simple – no more than one page for every category.
The best eyes on the audience are those of the announcer, Senior
Pastor or Song Leader (depending on the time of service). When and of these folks
see something that may need the attention of security, they can point with a
unique gesture (not a normal gesture for them, but shared with all security
staff). To anyone in the audience, it simply looks like a normal speaking hand
gesture. To those in security, you will know where to focus attention.
You can train receptionists to make an announcement to equally
trained staff responders over the intercom system of “Tom Smith, you have a
call on line 1” any time a situation is making her uncomfortable at the front
lobby. Choose any name that is not someone working for you – it is an
announcement requesting assistance.
& Vulnerability Assessments are critical as
a first step in developing any security program. Law enforcement and insurance
agencies both perform them without charge. It is good to modify one (after the
first one done by others) to repeat annually to record progress and make
certain nothing has slipped.
are often either fishing for infractions, or getting media attention with a
church as a background. Be intentional and educated in readiness for such
actions. For a guide on readiness, write me and request the Best Practice for Agitators, disturbances and protests.
There are two
primary ways of security personnel identification
– uniformed, or non-uniformed. Non-uniformed is preferred in almost all
ministry environments. Should a significant incident develop, there will be a
need for identification as first responders arrive – they must be able to
distinguish between the good and bad human elements on scene. Badges are good,
but in a high-adrenalin incident they won’t be seen. Following are some
jackets that look like good usher jackets but have tactical pockets. In a
security or emergency situation extra flaps are available out of the vest
pocket and collar that identify SECURITY.
(non-uniformed) local, state and federal law enforcement agents have the same
concern – other responding law enforcement to their scenes also may not
recognize them as the “good side”. The most dangerous time for “blue on blue”
shootings is after the assailant has been engaged or disabled and multiple
responders are arriving on scene. A great resource (tool) is the DSM (don’t shoot
me) pull-out banner available at www.DSMsafety.com. I don’t personally
carry a weapon any more unless I have this on my belt ready for deployment.
Alarm Notifications: Instant notification of alarms is critical in all
environments. Duress buttons (panic alarms) can instantly alert in-house
support and / or notify law enforcement. There are multiple ways of
· Building Management
System (BMS): Get with your building controls provider to explore the options
for integrating security alerts through the HVAC controls system.
· Fire Alarms
System: Get with the provider of your fire alarm system and explore the options
for integrating security alerts through the fire alarm system.
Heartstone Pictures: This documentary of the Daingerfield, TX church shooting in 1980 is a must see for all church security teams.
Innovative Tactical Concepts: A very
resourceful website on defense concepts. The Watchman Church Security Training
Video Series is a 6 DVD series focused on just church
Jim McGuffey's Church Security Tips
: Blog / tips / articles.
Security plan starter kit.
Active Shooter Defense Tactics: endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security.
& Effective Security Technologies -- Guide for Schools and Law Enforcement by the National Institute of Justice.
C. E. R. T.
(Community Emergency Response Training)
IDPA (International Defensive Pistol
Association). Great competitive shooting and training
(continuing nature firearms training)
Krav Maga is an Israeli based defensive tactic program.
Become familiar with both the Charter for the
Protection of Children and Young People as well as the Boy Scouts of
America, Codes of Conduct for
keeping children safe.
www.missingkids.com; Great model for missing / lost Children. Order the free Code Adam
procedures and modify it to fit your environment.
www.cppssite.com DVD entitled, “Shots Fired
-- Surviving An Active
Shooter in the Work Place” is the best work I
have ever seen on the subject.
Shooter -- How to Respond Active shooter response
and readiness information
RUN> HIDE> FIGHT> by Houston Readiness planners Active
Shooter response concepts
ESI (Executive Security International): Private security and
close protection (aka Executive Protection) concepts