Churchgoers are getting worried today about being attacked by armed men during worship services. Students are not the only ones getting killed but even Sunday churchgoers are facing that threat as well. In order to protect themselves, churches should have security volunteer teams that will be trained for church security purposes. With trained security volunteer teams, then churches will not be left defenseless prey to men of evil intent. Here are some things that are important in training teams for church security and safety.
Churches must have security assessment first of all. Being able to assess your church security will help you in having a safety preparedness plan. Security assessment will help you determine what is the current security of your church. You need to identify church vulnerabilities and create an airtight safety plan. Areas of assessment include external grounds, alarm systems, building perimeter, key management, emergency drills, and a lot more. This is important so that you can build a framework for every other area of your safety preparedness and emergency planning.
If you want to create a strong safety team within your church then it is important to have a clear plan of action and support. Your safety team wlll have a life-saving value. You will learn crime statistics, basics of a safety team, essential emergency drills and available training resources. Your volunteer security team should be a team dedicated to mitigating risks to person, proeprty and assets.
You safety team should be made up of the right people for the task. If you have a church safety and security service provider they can help you with the tools that you need to select the right members for your safety team and the proper tools for training. Ethics, patrol procedures, situational awareness, radio procedures, reporting and forms, duties and responsibilities, suspicious behaviors, and calling 911 are all included in the training.
The training will also include active shooter response and lockdowns. There are many things that make this life uncertain and there are many people who wish to destroy lives. We need to ask how ordinary churchgoers can be protected from evil men. Your church members should be prepared for the worst. You will have modules which show advanced lock-down and response procedures which can be practiced and implemented when violent intruders enter the church premises. 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.
Depending on the level of security your church needs or desire, you will be trained to use firearms, force, and how to work as a team. The right individuals will be chosen for this firearms training.