CHURCH SAFETY AND SECURITY CONFERENCE
Over the last decade crimes involving churches has increased dramatically. We have seen over 1,400 deadly force incidents occur at faith based properties between 1999 and 2016. Carl Chinn, a faith based security expert, speaker and statistician, reports there were 59 deadly force incidents and 223 total incidents at churches in 2016. Statistically, you are more likely to be involved in a violent act at a church than you are at a school. It is reported that two out of three young adults will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Sadly, these statistics are based solely on the incidents we are aware of; how many more may have happened that we know nothing about?
A church is a community. Any community has strained relationships. Sometimes those relationships come apart, and sometimes outside forces invade with evil intentions. Today our Churches, Ministries and Houses of Worship must prepare for the reality of the world we live in today and church safety and security can no longer be neglected or denied. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” is a quote taken from the great Teddy Roosevelt in his address of the Rough Riders as they prepared for the battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American war of 1898. It is time to take a stand. Stand for something and take a common sense approach to obtaining it.
The Fresno Safety and Security Conference is a training event for anyone involved in Safety or Security at a church, house of worship or ministry location. All religious affiliations are welcome and encouraged to attend. The information provided will be beneficial for those new to the idea of safety and security or the seasoned individual who is part of an organized team. The field of Church safety and security is like running a race with no finish line; always and continually seek to expand your knowledge, training and capabilities.