Facility Management

Starting Your Armed Security Team

Are you contemplating starting an armed security team at your house of worship? There are a lot of factors that will go into this decision, and you may even come to the realization that an armed team is not for your church.


Christophor Periatt  ·  April 9, 2018

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So you are contemplating starting an armed security team at your house of worship? There are a lot of factors that will go into this decision, and be aware that perhaps you may come to the realization that an armed team is not for your church. Perhaps hiring an outside security company or contracting your local police department may be a better solution for your facility and its members.

The first question we must ask ourselves is WHY we need an armed team. If you already have a security element within your church what is the reasoning of adding the armed detachment to your current team? If you do not have a team, then do we want both unarmed and armed team members? Or perhaps just armed members to handle security for the church?

We must put together a board consisting of the following:

1. Leadership (At least 3)

2. Security & Safety Director

3. Local Police representative (Lt. or higher)

I put in local police because they are well versed in interviewing applicants for these types of high stress positions. They can help you weed out those individuals they feel would not make solid candidates for this new venture. Local police will also want to know who is authorized to carry in your church for when they have to respond to a call they will already be aware of the presence of firearms within the security team.

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