Training a Church Safety and Security Team

Violence in places of worship is on the rise, and this violence has forced the topic of safety and security in a church to the forefront of security consulting. Unfortunately many consultants are losing focus on what is important in a church ministry, which is our Christian Mission of bringing the great news of our savior Jesus Christ to the unsaved, and instead, reacting by militarizing our churches. Many of these consultants are banking on our fears so they can profit.

We have seen terms such as “homeland security” and “terrorism” thrown out to explain the need for armed security officers at places of worship. We have also seen many of these consultants pushing the training of church security teams to the likes of a Police SWAT Team or Military Combat Squad, charging extravagant prices for the training. The choice to arm your security ministry should not be made lightly or based on perceived or misrepresented fears. The militarization of our churches may not be the appropriate response. In law enforcement, we judge our use of force on the “reasonable person” rule, which in simple terms means “common sense”.

This standard should also be applied when deciding on how to equip your church security team. Yes, I do believe that armed response is often times a necessary response in protecting our churches, but it should not be the only response. A well prepared, well trained, strategically deployed, and alert team, with a willingness to serve our Savior can be equally effective in protecting a church as armed security guards and far less distracting or menacing. We at believe that church safety and security should involve a “common sense” approach. We provide an inexpensive, yet professional and experienced based training program for all church security teams, regardless of church size, without losing focus on the need for evangelizing.

It is important to remember that not all churches are alike and we provide customized consultation to meet your church’s specific security and safety needs. Our experts are current law enforcement officers with over twenty-five years of combined experience, thus bringing current tactics and techniques to you.

Personal Safety and Security in a Natural Disaster

When a natural disaster strikes, chaos naturally follows. We’d all like to think that the good in humans come out then. But altruism does not always rule the day and that is simply human nature. Whether you find yourself facing a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, wildfire, or tsunami, it is essential to take your own personal safety and security in a natural disaster into consideration. The sad fact is that when natural disaster strikes, some people will seek personal gain. You must arm and protect yourself and there are a number of products on the market that can help you stay secure.

First, it is always best to employ common sense as your first line of defense of your personal safety and security in a natural disaster. Stay aware of your situation and surroundings. Stay informed by listening to the news on a battery operated radio or watching it on television if your power is working. Make sure you stay in communication with your family and friends and with emergency service personnel if needed. Products to help you stay informed and in communication are available. You want to think portable supplies and battery operated. If you have no power or need to evacuate, it must be easy to take with you.

Next you’ll want to consider legal ways of arming yourself to ensure your personal safety and security in a natural disaster. Pepper spray is one of the best option you have for arming yourself against any looters, marauders or other potential danger. Pepper spray is a chemical compound that irritates the eyes and causes difficulty in breathing when sprayed directly at the perpetrator’s face. One thing to take into consideration is that you must be fairly close to your target, using small pepper spray cans, in order to effectively dose them with the pepper spray. We recommend that you keep a one pound can available for home defense and crowd control. The lasting effect of pepper spray varies, but typically can be counted on to disable the perpetrator for up to an hour in some manner.

Another way of ensuring your personal safety is through the use of a stun gun. Stun guns deliver an electric shock to the perpetrator and cause them to go into involuntary muscle spasms. This gives you time to put distance between yourself and the person intending to do you harm. Stun guns cause acute pain when administered effectively. Stun guns are used by police departments nationwide. Whatever personal security methods you choose, advance planing and preparedness is always best.

Personal Care, Safety, and Security – Awareness

Most people do not usually think about personal care, safety, and security items. However, when a significant event occurs such as a flu pandemic or a personal injury, everyone’s mind begins to focus on the personal care, safety, and security items needed to combat the crisis. This article lists the most needed personal care, safety, and security items that everyone should be aware.

Personal Care Items – Among the top personal care items are feminine hygiene products and personal amenities such as mouthwash, toothpaste, and soap. When the flu is in season, personal respirator masks become very popular along with hand sanitizers. While these top items should be of no surprise to most people not everyone is as diligent in keeping them in stock because of the following issues:

  1. Feminine hygiene products – Because of the woman’s need for discretion and availability during travel, feminine hygiene products are the number one personal care item most often missing when they are needed. For this reason, modern facilities around the world have provided feminine hygiene vending dispensers and sanitary napkin disposal containers in most public restrooms for women. In addition, many discrete carrying cases are available for feminine hygiene products.
  2. Personal amenities – While mouthwash, soap and toothpaste are very affordable and available in developed countries, they are often not found in public restrooms except for the most pricy facilities like country clubs and high class hotels. The pocket size instant hand sanitizers have become a modern day solution by many people to combat germs along with other pocket size toiletries.
  3. Respirator masks/hand sanitizers – A mask with a rating of N95 or better along with hand sanitizers became the personal care necessity for people concerned about contracting the H1N1 virus. Supply shortages occurred all over the world as people rushed to purchase all available stock. While in theory the mask filters the virus, proper handling of the mask is essential. Any live virus on the outside of the mask can be transmitted during removal or reuse of the mask if a hand sanitizer is not used.

Personal Safety Items – Among the top three personal safety items are first aid kits, fire protection equipment and body protection devices such as eye, mouth, ear, back, knee etc. protection. Each of these items is discussed below:

  1. First aid kits – Because of the need to be prepared in the case of an emergency, first aid kits are the number one personal safety item in a home, office, auto, boat or public transport vehicle. Many people put together their own first aid kits in lieu of purchasing one. Typical contents include supplies and equipment to stop bleeding, administer CPR, and dress wounds. Often some medicines are also included in the first aid kits.
  2. Fire protection equipment – Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors top the list in this category. Fire extinguishers are present most frequently in a home, office, auto, boat, and public transport vehicles to fight a fire before it spreads. Smoke detectors are present to detect a fire before it gets started and to wake people when they are sleeping.
  3. Body protection devices – Safety glasses / goggles are used more than any other devices to protect people from personal injury. Hard hats, safety shoes, back supports, and coveralls are added to safety glasses when working on construction sites. Unique environments on the jobs may require the use of ear plugs & ear muffs, knee pads, respirators & masks, and/or safety vests.

Personal security items – Weapons are by far the number one item that comes to mind for personal security. Next in order of awareness are security locks and systems. Finally, when large public facilities think of security, they consider the need for crowd management.

  1. Weapons – While mentioned first for personal security, weapons should only be used by the trained professional (police, National Guard, or private security professional). Most security guards do not carry weapons, choosing to carry two way radios and crowd control batons.
  2. Security locks and systems – A lock to keep out the uninvited guest is the second most popular device. Locks can range from the simple combination lock to complete security systems with visitor chimes and burglar alarms.
  3. Crowd management – Security is often simply the act of maintenance of order. Crowd control post and roping may be the only thing necessary to provide personal security for the people working in an office.

The top three personal care, safety, and security items listed above are by no means the complete list of what people believe they need. Not everything listed above is appropriate for everyone but the awareness that these needs exist is important for everyone.