May 272010
 

Gideon Protective Services, Inc. will offer comprehensive church security training, security consulting and executive protection to churches and synagogues of all faiths.

California- USA
An executive protection and private security guard firm local to Southern California has announced its newest nationwide church security training division.  Since church violence is on the rise like never seen before, churches are starting Church Security and Safety Teams.  “It is a sad state of affairs when Churches today have to even think about “security” at their places of worship.  Churches used to be thought of safe, sacred places that you could go to and your safety was all but guaranteed.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case anymore” states President and CEO Grant Linhart of Gideon Protective Services, Inc. a Southern California based Executive Protection and Private Security Guard Firm.

Speaking further on church security training, Linhart states, “Violence that has steadily increased over the years doesn’t show any signs of slowing down as places of worship are seen as easy and “soft” targets.  Due to the fact society as we know it is in a state of decay, our churches and synagogues having become prey for the depraved and delusional, our churches must be defended and safeguarded”.

As reported by the Christian Security Network, risks are only going up for the faith-based community and are finally being reported and tracked.  The U.S. State Department now classifies faith-based organizations as one of the top five “at risk” groups in the world today.  The U.S. has seen tragic incidents of violence against Christian organizations and other incidents occurring on a frequent basis.

Some of the benefits of implementing a church security and safety team is reduced liability insurance rates and premiums, church specific SOP/ policy manual, initial and reoccurring training for security team staff, installation of a new or enhancing an existing security surveillance system, mitigation of emergency procedures, and control and monitoring of the children’s section of the church to name a few.

To learn more about church security training and the rise in violence towards churches, visit http://www.executive-protection-services.net/church-security/.

Gideon Protective Services, Inc (http://www.executive-protection-services.com/) is a full service executive protection and private security guard firm offering a wide array of security consulting services.  We bring the training component to your church, saving your congregation the hassle of traveling and extra training expenses.  We customize all of our security services to exactly what our client desires and deserves.

If you have any questions about Bodyguards, Executive Protection, Dignitary Protection, Security Consulting, Armored Vehicle, Safe Rooms, Church Security Training, or Firearms Training for you, your superiors, your company, or someone you know, feel free to call or email Gideon Protective Services for a free, confidential consultation.  See what Gideon can do for you.  Check us out at http://www.executive-protection-services.com or our blog at http://www.executive-protection-services.net or our Church Security Training Website at http://www.churchsecurity-training.com.

May 102010
 

Our next installment in Church Security Training involves basic security awareness.  The challenge placed on Church Security Ministry Teams is complex but can be summarized in four easy items:

• Be Balanced
• Be Knowledgeable
• Be Realistic
• Be Willing and Able

These challenges can be accomplished by training your Church Security Ministry Team members to be observant, assess each situation as no two are ever alike, and then act in response to the situation based on prior training and skill set.  Church Security Ministry Teams need to remember we are still representatives of our churches, and ultimately of God. We must act accordingly.  Let’s be perfectly clear.  We are not militarizing churches; simply put we are observing and assessing people and situations in hopes to be mindful, not fearful.

Having this preparation and training already established puts us in the driver’s seat should any emergency arise.  Church Security Ministry Teams will know how to react appropriately and mitigate those emergencies we have talked about in this prior blog.  Church Security Ministry Teams must always strive and never lose sight of serving with a purpose.  In simple terms; Church Security Ministry Teams must fend off the wolf if he comes to prey on the innocent, just like the sheepdog does with the flock its set to watch over.

Let’s go over a quick lesson in observation-
• Observe with a purpose
• Check and scan hands, waist, and then eyes
• Make eye contact
• Don’t forget to smile and greet fellow church members
• Use reasonable judgment
• There is not one profile that represents a threat, past church violence showed no discrimination
• Observe unusual behavior, clothing, and emotions
• Look for environmental safety or security hazards in the church buildings

Here is a food for thought scenario.

While in the lobby you see a man who attends your church walk angrily up to a car driven by his wife and begins to yell at her. He kicks at the door and picks up a rock and breaks the window.

What would you do?

If you have any questions about how to implement a church security team ministry, need refresher training for an existing church security team, or you want to learn more about church security training, feel free to call or email Gideon Protective Services for a free, confidential consultation.  See what Gideon can do for you.  Check us out at http://www.executive-protection-services.comor our blog at http://www.executive-protection-services.net. Find out the many benefits to having a church security ministry team that benefit the church, church administrators, staff, and the congregation.

If you have questions about any of our other services, such as Bodyguards, Executive Protection, Dignitary Protection, Security Consulting, Armored Vehicle, Safe Rooms, or Firearms Training for you, your superiors, your company, your church, or someone you know, feel free to call or email Gideon Protective Services for a free, confidential consultation. See all that Gideon can offer you.