If you are a churchgoer, you can be worried about recent attacks of armed men in places that you would never imagine that they would in churches. Students are not the only ones getting killed but even Sunday churchgoers are facing that threat as well. Churches can protect themselves by having security teams that will be trained for church security. With trained security volunteer teams, then churches will not be left defenseless prey to men of evil intent. Below are some things that need to be considered or learned so that volunteers will be properly equipped to do their tasks.
Churches must have security assessment first of all. This gives you the groundwork for your safety preparedness plan. Security assessment will help you determine what is the current security of your church. if you want to come up with an airtight safety plan, then you need to know where the church is vulnerable. You should assess your churchs external grounds, alarm systems, building perimeter, key management, emergency drills and more. With this assessment, other areas of safety preparedness and emergency planning can have this framework.
A strong church safety tea wll have a clear plan of action and support. You will know the life-saving value of your safety team. Your safety team needs to know crime statistics, basics of a safety team, essential emergency drills and emergency training resources. Your volunteer security team should be a team dedicated to mitigating risks to person, proeprty and assets.
It is important that the right people compose your safety team. Your church security and safety service provider will give you the right tools to help you form your safety team and train them. You will receive training on ethics, patrol procedures, situational awareness, radio procedures, reporting and forms, duties and responsibilities, suspicious behaviors and calling 911.
You will be taught active shooter response and lockdowns. Life is uncertain and there are people who are there to come and destroy our lives. We need to ask how ordinary churchgoers can be protected from evil men. Your church members should be prepared for the worst. Training modules will show advanced lock-downs and response procedures which you can practice and implement when violent intruders enter your church. You will learn the necessary skills during a lock-down, evacuation drills and containment and engagement team response. Working in conjunction with local law enforcement response will also be taught.
Training in the use of firearms, use of force and working as a team is also included but will depend on the level of security your need or desire. The right individuals will be chosen for this firearms training.