A Shift in Place of Worship Security

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church safety plansHow One Event Changed Church Safety Plans

For many places of worship, the way they viewed safety and security changed on the night of June 17, 2015; the night that Charleston AME church in Charleston, SC was violently attacked by a gunman. From then on, church security became a headline across the United States and small town churches as well as large churches, began putting in place church safety plans and procedures to address risk. During an interview I conducted with a Pastor of a small town church, just 70 miles from Charleston, we discussed how the Charleston shooting created a security shift for many small town churches, like his own. Pastor Milton Stubblefield has been pastoring for decades in small town churches and the shooting in his home state helped to propel the safety and security changes their church had already been working on. Read More

Don’t Miss Your Mark with Unrealistic Safety Goals

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Safety Goals Should be Challenging, Yet Realistic & Attainable

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Goals give us something to strive towards, which is often times motivating, helping us to meet goals and make new ones. Just like people, organizations need goals too, specifically safety goals. These goals need to be challenging for your organization, but they also need to be realistic. Having unrealistic goals will not only prevent you from meeting those goals, but it may also negatively affect some safety efforts that are already in place. Carefully crafting goals for your organization is essential to ongoing safety. Read More

How Schedules Affect Church Safety

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Avoid Vulnerabilities by Changing Routines

Schedules are great, they keep us on track and help us to stay organized, but sometimes, our day to day schedules can become detrimental to the safety of our lives or organizations. For place’s of worship in particular, daily schedules can be an invitation for unwanted criminal activity. Today we are going to give insight on what criminals may see as an opportunity to commit a crime on your church grounds, and how changing routines can help minimize risk. Crimes could include assault, robbery, breaking and entering, etc. The overall tip for the day is this:

“Changing routines often can reduce the chance of crime on your church grounds.”

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Communication at Smaller Healthcare Facilities

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Don’t Let Size Fool You, Risk is Everywhere

Just because you’re not in a multi-level hospital does not mean you don’t need effective communication between staff and patients. Effective communication may be even more important in a smaller healthcare setting because security personnel are not always available, and many times, paramedics are not on site. Below are a few ways that you may choose to communicate with staff and patients in a small healthcare setting such as, assisted living homes, clinics, or specialty offices. Read More

Time Change Brings Security Changes to Your Theater

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time changeEmbrace Change for Increased Security

Daylight Savings is much anticipated after brutal winters and less sunshine. Since time changes twice a year, it is a good indicator of when to do routine safety checks and security procedures. Many fire departments for instance urge their community to check and replace batteries in smoke detectors and expiration dates of fire extinguishers. Today however, we are going to give you 3 ways to alter your theater’s security with the twice yearly time change for increased safety. Read More

After Action Reviews

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After Action ReviewsPreparing Your Organization for the Next Incident

An After Action Review (AAR), is commonly used by the military and according to the Harvard Business Review is, “A method for extracting from one event or project and applying them to others.” For instance, if during your past fire drill, exit doors were not closed after everyone evacuated, you recognize that as a shortcoming and next time you have a fire drill, someone is in charge of securing those inner perimeter doors before evacuating themselves. You took an instance from one event and applied it to the next event. After Action Reviews are critical to the continuation of safety and security for any facility and enables organizations to continue striving toward a safer environment. Read More

Using Your School as a Polling Place

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Vote for Student Safety During Elections

Because schools are found in nearly every city across the United States, they are often used as polling places for local and National elections. However, opening the tightly secured doors during school hours to the entire community can have serious security implications. Many districts have adopted election days as teacher work days to reduce security concerns by giving students the day off, but for those who haven’t, here are some tips to keep your students and buildings safe from harm. Read More

Use of Force: Non-Lethal Defensive Tools (Part 3 of 3)

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How You Can Deter Violence with Non-Lethal Force at Your Hospital

A prisoner being treated at a hospital suddenly disarms the deputy guarding him, shooting and killing him with his own service weapon.  The prisoner, now armed and not wearing handcuffs, poses a lethal risk to anyone else in the hospital who might try to stop him.  Hospital security officers, armed with TASERs, respond to the scene and deploy a TASER to stop the threat and subdue the prisoner.  The TASER effectively subdues the man, who later is pronounced dead.

This is a nightmare scenario that actually unfolded at a hospital in St. Cloud Minnesota in 2015.  Had the hospital security officers not been armed with TASERs, other lives might have been lost that day.  While TASERs are not meant to be a response to deadly force incidents, the deployment of this non-lethal defensive tool in this case was effective, but also resulted in the death of the subject. Read More

Security at Higher Education Graduations

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How More Eyes Can Reduce Risk

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As concerns grow surrounding school safety and security, we cannot forget about higher education, especially during commencement ceremonies. Colleges and universities are already accustomed to a more open campus, allowing for unknown visitors, but graduations should have much more security, both in uniform and out of uniform for those protecting the venue. Keep reading to learn tips for top-notch safety procedures for higher education graduation.

Just like large sporting events, colleges and universities are adopting a bag search policy for commencement ceremonies. When meeting with students prior to graduation, explain that all bags, purses and packages are subject to search and all persons are subject to search by metal detection devices. Tell students to pass the word to their guests who will be attending and add signs around the entrance of this policy to minimize confusion. Read More

Preventing & Responding to a Stalker on Church Grounds

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Do You Know Who’s Watching?

Stalking is something that is rarely talked about openly in our society, but it is a scary reality for over 7 million people in the United States. Stalking is not just what we see in movies or on the television, it is a concern for both men and women and can interfere with all aspects of life. Stalking is a growing concern for all, but especially those under 25 years of age and can be cause for concern in your place of worship. Without proper policies, stalking can lead to grave consequences for not only the victim, but those around as well. We have some ways to help you mitigate risk of a stalker at your place of worship.  Read More