Benefits of The Watchman Church Security Certification Program Innovative Tactical Concepts is the first and only training company to offer a church security certification course. Much like law enforcement who qualifies annually with their firearms, your security team should keep their skills up to date and should attend continued education courses. This re-certification process will help you if, or when, any of your security team members come under scrutiny by the legal system, or even within your own church.
How will this look to the jury or to the rest of the world? Maybe it will be viewed as that you have a bunch of armed security personnel who are not trained, or, do not train at all? Why take the risk of not being properly trained and or maintaining your skill set? The annual church security re-certification can be a review of what you learned through your initial security training with us, or it can be something new such as concealed carry, gun disarms, etc.
Another advantage of the security re-certification program could be lower insurance premiums. In essence, you are buying a level of legal protection by getting trained at least once a year. Another great benefit is that our experts will help defend your church or team members in court should you need us to. All that we ask is that you cover our expenses in doing so. Most people do not understand the dynamics of a life-threatening situation.
The majority of people have been brainwashed by Hollywood in some manner, and will make their decision based upon a false reality. The more training you have works against you in a court of law when it should not. That is where our professional staff can help you, maybe even more than your attorney.
It is very important to understand that your church security team is either an asset or, a liability. If there is any doubt that they are an asset, then they ARE a liability. And, if they are a liability, then you should not have them protecting the flock, because in reality, they ARE the threat to your church. Not only does this apply at the team level, but at each individual team member level. If you have not trained with us, then you might want to check out our on-site training program.
Church security conferences are designed for training-the-trainer, and we cannot vouch for the quality of training if it was not conducted by one of our certified instructors.A safety-minded church is a growing church. View our training materials and ready-made kits. Home Training. As keepers of the flock, we must ensure that the main thing remains the main thing. A church that fails to prepare — prepares to fail. Is your church really prepared to grow to the next level?
Many churches spend a great amount of time and money learning how to assimilate newcomers and grow the Body of Christ, but what about maintaining order and safety?
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Is your church really prepared to meet the basic needs of the congregation during an unexpected emregency? Or, will the enemy use the tools of chaos and disorder to destroy your efforts and image within the community? Tragedy can strike in a single moment. Yes, even at church. From something as simple as a medical emergency, a missing child, or a disruptive guest. How you respond not only dictates the outcome and safety of others, but determines the civil and criminal liability you may face.
We can assist and provide training that is designed to equip and prepare your staff to maintain order and bring about a safe resolution to crisis. Remember, a safe church is a growing church.
We offer specialized training by an industry leader. Dwayne Harris is a leading voice in church safety and his personal ministry and law enforcement training and experience have made him a sought after speaker at conferences and church leadership events. Dwayne has a gifted teaching style and intertwines spiritual and physical intervention techniques to create a well-balanced approach to church safety. Would you like Full Armor Church to present during your next church leadership or training event?
We can help you equip and train your leaders and local congregation on how to create safer houses of worship and safeguard the integrity of your ministry within the community.
Whether you need topical workshops or on-sight personal training and emergency preparedness — we can help. Hosting provides a cost-effective solution to training and allows you to certify your entire staff and volunteers without accruing all of the fees associated with individual travel and lodging.
As a host ministry, you can personalize the training experience and incorporate churches within your denomination or surrounding community. Host ministries can also choose to include professionals from other organizations to provide additional safety or ministry based training options and break-out sessions.Across the United States, Americans congregate in faith-based venues to worship, learn, play, and bond as a community.
However, public gatherings are vulnerable, and adversaries may perceive houses of worship as attractive targets where they can inflict mass casualties, cause substantial psychological impacts, and draw extensive media coverage.
The Department of Homeland Security DHS offers numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or man-made. Technical assistance is provided through presentations, workshops, training, webinars, tabletop exercises, and training. Through its Hometown Security initiative, these resources are made available to communities, including faith-based organizations. Many of these resources were created in collaboration with private sector partners to ensure they are useful and reflect the evolving security landscape.
The list of resources below was created to help the private sector with their security planning, and many of these practices can also be used more broadly in local venues visited by large numbers of people, such as faith-based organizations. Applying these four steps to prepare for an incident or attack can help businesses and their employees to plan for their role in the safety and security of their businesses and communities.
DHS established a comprehensive program focused on active shooter preparedness in order to position public and private sector stakeholders to more effectively plan and prepare against this threat. Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Training. Training is taught around the United States through direct delivery in a traditional classroom setting or online through a virtual instructor-led training platform, and through computer-based training.
Training courses available to faith-based communities include:. OBP provides a wide array of awareness products—including cards, posters, checklists, brochures, videos, briefings, and applications—designed to share counter-IED awareness information with the general public and across the public and private sectors to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents.
Products available to faith-based communities include:. It's important to know what steps everyday citizens can and should take in the event of a bomb threat. This video, developed in conjunction with the University of Central Florida, the International Association of Chiefs of Police IACPeducates viewers on the best practices and procedures when receiving a bomb threat.
PSAs can also help with more in-depth activities, such as vulnerability assessments and security surveys. Regardless of whether an organization would like the level of hands-on technical assistance that a PSA can provide, or they just want to learn at their own pace through online resources, DHS offers free tools and resources to help faith-based and other community organizations plan the best way to reduce the likelihood or minimize the impact of a successful attack on local venues.
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Get started today by contacting NICC hq. For more information, please visit www. The no-cost resources are designed to provide faith and community leaders and employers resources to prepare for and mitigate against a natural or man made emergency or disaster, including an active shooter incident. The following resources are designed to provide you with an approach to test and think through how to respond to a natural or man-made emergency or disaster. Skip to main content.
At-a-Glance Guide for Protecting Faith-Based Venues The Department of Homeland Security DHS offers numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or man-made.
Planning and Preparing for Active Shooters DHS established a comprehensive program focused on active shooter preparedness in order to position public and private sector stakeholders to more effectively plan and prepare against this threat.
Active Shooter Resources DHS maintains an online repository of active shooter products and resources, including outreach materials to better prepare individuals and organizations against a potential active shooter situation.
These products include a desk reference guide, a reference poster, and a pocket-size reference card. Issues covered in the active shooter materials include profile of an active shooter, responding to an active shooter, training for active shooter, creating an emergency action plan, and tips for recognizing signs of workplace violence. The curriculum incorporates interactive breakout sessions, hands-on planning activities, first-hand accounts from active shooter survivors and responders, and planning for individuals with disabilities.
To learn about upcoming workshops, please contact ASworkshop hq. The ISC subsequently released a public version suitable for private sector use. The Guide draws on the experience of over 50 agencies to provide best practices and guidance on active shooter situations for law enforcement agencies, facility tenants, and the public. Visit www. The Toolkit is an online portal that provides the whole community with tools to aid in implementing all six areas of the National Preparedness System, including exercises.
To create an Exercise Toolkit account, please visit www.Church Security Basics is the handbook for church security ministry success.
If you've been approached by the pastor or elder board and asked to gather information on forming a church security ministry, this is the resource you want in your hand today. It is the true A-Z guide to help you navigate your way through the complex issues facing your church security ministry formation. It was instrumental in helping me form my team. You have truly thought of everything, I would have missed a lot if I hadn't read this ebook.
The Church Security Starter Kit is the Done For You resource that saves lost time, helps you avoid lengthy meetings, and saves your church money in up front costs. In addition to a security team manual template, the Starter Kit has a medical team policy template, reporting forms, presentations in case you have some convincing to doand a qualification course for armed team members.
You over-delivered on this resource. I was worried, but you guys made it so easy. Thanks so much! There are specific skills your team needs to develop to be effective when an emergency happens. Discover how to easily train them every month or through a live training event.
In September a church in TN was attacked by a gunman. While the church did not have a security ministry, it did have people who made important decisions that saved lives. Discover how a trained security team may have prevented this tragedy and the vital skills your team needs. The most important skill your church security volunteers can have is excellent verbal skills. Poor verbal skills can turn a bad situation into a worse situation. Reman calm, use persuasion and gain compliance.
There is nothing worse than being sued or going to jail, and both of these things can happen if your team members do not understand the limitations of their role. Discover the laws your church security team follow, and how to prepare them to succeed. When a bad situation happens, your security team, leadership, staff, SS teachers and congregants need to know what to do.
Help them make fast decisions and give them permission to act to save lives. Show this video to everyone in church. Traveling throughout the U.We were very pleased with the service provided by our travel consultant, Sofia. She was very prompt in replying to all our queries. We enjoyed the itinerary where different experiences were offered - various train rides and cruises.
The hotels were good, all centrally located and spacious with very good breakfasts provided. Everything is planned for with detailed information, maps and vouchers. All we needed to do was present ourselves at the various venues.
We felt assured that there is someone who knows our plans and who we could call upon should we require any assistance. I would definitely recommend Nordic Visitor to anyone who wants to go Scandinavia on a free-and-easy yet have all the hassle of planning taken care of.
Christoph did an excellent job in arranging this tour for my family. Very well done and very appreciate the efforts put in to this arrangement. Please express our sincere thanks to Christoph. This survey is a bit late in arrival.
But better late than never. After all these months, we still think of the Scotland trip and how well it was planned. We still remember Christoph. I have put comments in TripAdvisor but again, Helga was terrific. I could always rely on her to answer my emails the following morning and the additional advice she provided was invaluable.
The planning and organization of the trip is indeed Nordic Visitor's strength. From the personal pickup and drop-off at the airport to the personalized itinerary, that WONDERFUL MAP, notes of interest Helga wrote on the map for us, the book, and the accommodation arrangements. Helga made us so very comfortable with all the information that we could relax and enjoy Iceland.
It is a stunningly beautiful country and we had a terrific time. Had a great time at all hotels. Love extra suggestions of places to see and eat that were written on the map by your agent.
As a self driving trip was glad to have someone book hotels, since I was unsure of how far I would be able to drive each day. Great suggestions for extra day trips. Loved having places of interested written on the map as they were not mentioned in travel books. Everything was so easy from being picked up at airport, getting car, and traveling route.
Our guide was exceptional, she was very knowledgeable, and fun company. She included all sorts of wonderful "extra stops" which made the tour very special. We loved your beautiful country and the wonderful scenery in every part. Also, our "greeter" at the airport was very friendly and full of interesting information about Iceland.
We can highly recommend our whole experience dealing with Nordic Visitor and can enthusiastically encourage our friends and family to visit your amazing country. We were thrilled with the accommodations and really everything about the tour. We're planning on writing a more detailed email to share how much we enjoyed this trip thanks to Arnar's arrangements.
We would have checked off "Excellent" if that had been a survey qualifier that was available. Thank you very much for helping us to explore Iceland. We LOVED it and I hope we are able to return in the future. If we do - we will definitely use your services again. We had a great time on our trip.We both felt the whole package was really well organised and structured. The road map was well marked with things of interest and the Iceland Road Guide was an excellent source book.
Hotels were good quality and staff were helpful and really welcoming. Meals in hotels were good. Meals in restaurants were invariably good and (particularly Nordic Visitor's recommendation in Stokkseyri) often excellent I'm convinced that Nordic Visitor sells a high quality and well organised product. We enjoyed our Iceland experience hugely and I'm certain our family will return. This was a great experience of a beautiful country.
Iceland was a wonderful experience -- the scenery, the culture, the history, the colorful houses, the sheep and horses in their wide-open spaces, the fascinating geology, and even the language. We are thankful to all of you who helped us to enjoy this experience and to bring home the memories. The itinerary, highlighted map, mobile phone, and GPS with the rental car were all very helpful. The hotels were fantastic and food (though expensive.
We especially enjoyed some of the suggestions Solveig noted on the map along the way. We had a wonderful week full of beautiful, other-worldly sights. All of our travel plans went smoothly - from the airport transfer to our first hotel, getting our rental car, hotel reservations, dinner suggestions, and back to the airport.
My family had such a fantastic, memorable week. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our brief exploration of a beautiful country, Iceland We found everyone we met to be courteous and helpful and felt that Icelanders had great pride in their country.
Our visit was well organised by Nordic Visitor and the thorough pre trip information, maps and guidebook were of great assistance. All our pre trip enquiries were dealt with quickly and efficiently. I travel around the world and have been in every continent and used many travel agencies. Nordic visitor ranks as one of the best in organization and trip support that I have experienced and I would highly recommend them for any tour planning.
On our customized map, there were a few notes such as "home made ice cream", or "cozy coffee shop".
We have taken advantage of those, and were really happy that we did. We appreciated those notes. For our trip, we had planned to arrive a few days before the beginning of the tour, and we stayed one day after. Our personalized itinerary took this into account and was customized accordingly. Our pick up was there on time, again to go along the private portion of our trip. The taxi driver (Velur) went on to be our first Icelandic ambassador as well.
FYI, we were impressed enough by your services that we have talked to someone about it already. Our questions were answered very quickly and our agent, Aevar, was extremely helpful. Our package was put together thoughtfully. It all came together very smoothly which made our trip very pleasant and enjoyable. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed everything we did.
We feel fortunate to have had such a nice experience. Iceland is a beautiful country and its people, very friendly. We hope to have the opportunity to visit again. We will definitely recommend Nordic Visitor. Our guide Alfred Moller was terrific. He was knowledgeable and was willing to help us with our photography questions.We hope to return soon to Iceland and would certain plan to use your services again.
The map with all the suggestions on it about different places to stop to eat or visit was very helpful. I have actually already referred 2 people to your company as after seeing our vacation pictures, they now want to see Iceland for themselves.
A wonderful route to experience the diverse and wild beauty of Iceland, marvel at the birds and horses, get a taste of its history and culture and enjoy warm hospitality. The itinerary and suggestions covered a broad range to suit all inclinations. The extra suggestions and bits of advice that picked up on our interests specifically were valuable. We loved it all whatever the weather.
All the accommodation was excellent. The places we stayed were interesting, beautiful, varied and of a very high quality. Obviously some very careful research went into them. The scenery and natural features were exceptional and so accessible although I don't think Nordic Visitor can claim credit for that. We got very lucky with the car being upgraded for free as this made a massive difference to our driving comfort. We also got very lucky in that my dive tour of Silfra was private.
I was the only diver with 3 dive masters. Overall we had an exceptional trip and were very impressed with Iceland, its culture, its people, its beer and its Geology. We hope to come back. Thanks Arnar, you did a brilliant job and good luck learning to dive. Once again many thanks.
The itinerary and road map provided by Nordic Visitor were perfect. Things to see along the way were clearly marked. Distances between accommodations were perfect, getting us in to each place at a reasonable hour without too much driving time. Iceland is a beautiful country, and considering the time we had to spend there, Nordic's itinerary helped optimize the experience.
It also gave us a good sense for what else we would like to see and do when we visit again. Thanks to Nordic Visitor for doing all the hard work, the planning, arranging of transportation and accommodations, and for routing us through wonderful towns and scenery. Your hard work made our visit all the more enjoyable and safe. We could have spent much more than that, but this was our experience without feeling we had to be too thrifty.
I really wouldn't change a thing for this visit. Our son works in Iceland and we shared this adventure with him.
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For all of us, this was a great adventure and the best possible way to see some of Iceland in a short period of time, and at a reasonable expense. We are extremely happy with the Express Iceland package that Nordic Visitor prepared for us.
We did find that we had to keep a tight schedule in order to visit all of the recommended destinations in the day-to-day itineraries, but that is probably the nature of the express tour. That said, Solveig did a great job preparing our itinerary (as well as marking our map), and all of the recommended destinations we visited were absolutely wonderful. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay in Iceland longer. We can't wait to visit again, and we will surely be using Nordic Visitor again.
Additionally, we will happily recommend Nordic Visitor to our family, friends, and coworkers who are interested in visiting Iceland.Church Security Training (Cover Your ASP Tour) - Active Self Protection Extra