Safety and Security Team Procedures


Safety & Security Team Procedures; the “go-to” for Staff and Volunteers

This fully scalable and editable comprehensive procedure aims to equip houses of worship staff and volunteers with the necessary tools, training, and protocols to ensure the safety and security of congregants and visitors during various emergencies and threats.

The procedures outline a comprehensive guide for implementing safety and security procedures in a house of worship. It begins with an overview, including mission and vision statements, and emphasizes promoting a culture of safety. The document covers team goals, responsibilities, and general instructions for various positions, including contracted security. It then delves into the definition of security teams and types of emergencies and responses. The structure and membership of the team are detailed, along with member training on emergency operations, medical procedures, communication methods, and armed congregants. The document also addresses security responses to evolving incidents, use of force policies, regulatory authority, and handling high-risk events like active assailants, lockdowns, evacuations, and medical emergencies. Furthermore, it provides guidance on addressing low-frequency events, suspicious activity, children’s security, tithes and offerings security, working with ministry teams, individual roles during emergencies, administrative and legal considerations, plan implementation, contact lists, incident reporting, and various appendices containing templates, job descriptions, and references.

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The Safety & Security Team Procedures outlines a comprehensive security and safety plan tailored for houses of worship, covering various aspects of threat assessment, response protocols, and personnel training. It begins with an overview of the mission and vision statements, emphasizing awareness and guiding verses. The responsibilities and general instructions for different positions, including contracted security, are detailed to ensure a coordinated approach to security.

Sections delve into the structure and membership of security teams, including volunteer application processes and training requirements. Communication methods and warning systems are highlighted, along with procedures for armed congregants and responding to evolving incidents such as disturbances and active assailants. Policies regarding the use of force, regulatory authority, and handling high-risk, low-frequency events like bomb threats and natural disasters are also addressed.

The plan provides detailed procedures for lockdowns, evacuations, and handling medical emergencies, as well as addressing issues like sexual assault and suspicious activity on campus. It includes practical advice for large event planning and working with ministry teams, alongside individual roles during emergencies. Appendixes offer additional resources such as incident report templates, facility open and close procedures, job descriptions for various security roles, and definitions and references for key terms.