Has anyone ever asked if you were a Christian? There was a time in Colorado that a young man allegedly asked a young lady that, then shot her dead when she responded that yes, she was. He and his friend continued to shoot up the school, killing many.
Another young man at a college in Oregon went on a shooting spree; as he was shooting those he held hostage, he asked them “are you a Christian?” and depending on their answer, he either shot them in the leg or the head.
We have even witnessed this in the North Eastern United States. In October 2018, a 46-year-old male went into a synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA and killed 11 and injured another seven people. We need to be prepared – we are significantly behind the national curve when it comes to preparing our schools and houses of worship here in Northeast United States.
Even if the chances of these types of events are rare, which thankfully they are, we need to be prepared for the more common events like a fall down the steps, child custody issues, and medical emergencies.
The significant visible deterrent to many crimes in schools and churches is a visible Security Team. These teams not only secure the areas they patrol but are also great hosts and informational resources to everyone coming into your building. In the event of any other type of event, it is imperative that there are trained individuals present to deal with whatever happens. It cannot be a hit or miss kind of thing. If needed, there needs to be the right trained people in the right place, at the right time.
Church Emergency Consulting is here to help you select, train, and manage a Security Team. This will not be a “rent a guard” situation where some stranger comes in and has no connection to the property or the people on the property. These are members of your organization that have a vested interest in the organization they are securing.
Working hand-in-hand with a skilled and trained Parking Team and Medical Team, the Security team can help make learning, worshiping, and serving a comfortable peaceful experience.