Reflections on Church Safety and Security Learnings from April 17th Vision Tuesday Presentation

Church Safety and Security Learning #5 from April 17th Vision Tuesday: By the time first responders can get to your church because of an active shooter or other violent intrusion, the situation is over.

The clear majority of these crisis situations are over within five minutes and the first responders, if contacted immediately when the situation begins, may be another three to five minutes away depending on the location of your church.

You church must have equipment, protocols, plus appropriately trained people for the first five to ten minutes.

Church Safety and Security Learning #4 from April 17th Vision Tuesday: In a stress situation a church security team member will likely respond with whatever is second nature to them from their training.

If all they have learned through CWP training is how to shoot straight, then they will tend to shoot—but perhaps not nearly as straight.

CWP training alone does not mean a person is prepared to be a church security team member.

Church Safety and Security Learning #3 from April 17th Vision Tuesday: There is a significant difference between a camera and a security camera.

Answer: 1. A camera mounted and pointed toward a certain place may just be there to record activity—even theft or violence. 2. A security camera is monitored in real time and may enable prevention or immediate response. 3. 99% of all mounted cameras are not monitored in real time, so play no role in prevention or response.

Church Safety and Security Learning #2 from April 17th Vision Tuesday: If a church grants permission for people with a Concealed Weapons Permit to bring their firearms onto the premises they should . . .

1. Keep a current copy of each requestor’s permit on file.
2. Require each requestor to show evidence of advanced firearms training beyond that which is required to get a CWP.
3. Ask the requestor if they have personal liability insurance that covers then, and if not to secure it.
4. Provide a list of all approved CWP-holders to church security team.

Church Safety and Security Learning #1 from April 17th Vision Tuesday: Can church members with a Concealed Weapons Permit bring their firearms onto the church premises?

Answer: No! “Unless express permission is given by the appropriate church official or governing body.” (S.C. Code of Laws, SECTION 23-31-215)

–from presentation made by Southern Mutual Church Insurance

 

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