Protecting Houses of Worship Seminar by U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of NC (Law Enforcement Support)
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Protecting Houses of Worship Seminar by U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of NC (Law Enforcement Support)

The public seminar on “Protecting Houses of Worship” sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina was composed of two main sessions: “Law Enforcement Support to Protecting Houses of Worship” and “Local Area Houses of Worship Discuss Security.” The first presenter in the first session was Greenville Police Sergeant Mike … Continue reading

Protecting Houses of Worship Seminar by U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of NC (Opening Remarks)
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Protecting Houses of Worship Seminar by U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of NC (Opening Remarks)

On November 15, 2018, less than a month after the mass murder of 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina held a public seminar on “Protecting Houses of Worship.” Sadly, the seminar was not scheduled in response to this … Continue reading

National Survey of Congregations’ Fear of and Preparation for Crime
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National Survey of Congregations’ Fear of and Preparation for Crime

In my haste to get a post up yesterday about the safety and security threats faced by congregations, I neglected to address two important findings from Christopher Scheitle’s recent article based on a national survey of congregations: Religious Congregations’ Experiences with, Fears of, and Preparations for Crime: Results from a National Survey. I dealt only … Continue reading

What are the Major Safety and Security Threats Faced by Religious Congregations?
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What are the Major Safety and Security Threats Faced by Religious Congregations?

I concluded my post on Jeff Kowell’s view of church security as ministry by highlighting his point that very little church security involves any physical intervention at all, armed or unarmed. And, yet, church security is often treated just as a variant of armed security in general, especially as concerns “active shooter interdiction.” So, in … Continue reading

Two Gun Trainers, Three Opinions; or, One Gun Trainer, Two Schools?
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Two Gun Trainers, Three Opinions; or, One Gun Trainer, Two Schools?

Yesterday I concluded my post by raising the question of whether there is an essential core of systematic knowledge or set of professional norms that are widely agreed upon by defensive firearms trainers. I don’t think so, and the failed attempt to establish an Association of Defensive Firearms Instructors as a professional association may suggest … Continue reading