House of Worship Security

Jerry Heying · February 17, 2022

Course Description: This course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety and security of houses of worship. It covers threat assessment, physical and cybersecurity measures, development of security policies, community engagement, volunteer training, incident response, and post-incident management.

Target Audience: Security professionals, volunteers, and staff working in houses of worship, community leaders, law enforcement liaisons.

Course Duration: 6 hours

Course Format: Online course with recorded videos/webinars, interactive quizzes, reading materials, and certification upon completion.

Here’s what you’ll be learning:

Understanding the Context

  • The significance of houses of worship
  • The balance between welcoming environment and security
  • Identifying potential challenges

Threat Assessment

  • Identifying potential threats
  • Conducting a comprehensive threat assessment
  • Developing a risk management plan

Physical Security Measures

  • Overview of physical security measures
  • Implementing access control, surveillance, and alarm systems
  • The role of security personnel

Security Policies and Procedures

  • Developing and implementing security policies
  • Creating emergency response and evacuation procedures
  • Communication and enforcement of policies

Cyber Security

  • The importance of cybersecurity for houses of worship
  • Protecting financial transactions and personal information
  • Ensuring secure digital communication

Community Engagement and Training Volunteers

  • The role of community engagement in security
  • Working with law enforcement and other houses of worship
  • Effectively training volunteers in security roles

Dealing with Specific Incidents and Post-Incident Management

  • Responding to specific threats such as active shooter scenarios, bomb threats, and suspicious packages
  • Managing the aftermath of an incident, liaising with law enforcement, managing media relations, and providing community support
  • Reviewing and updating security measures post-incident

Legal and Ethical Considerations

  • Understanding legal responsibilities and potential liability
  • Respecting rights and freedoms while ensuring safety

Coursework would be assessed based on interactive quizzes after each module, participation in webinars, and a final exam. Successful completion of the course will lead to certification.

Resources: Each module will come with suggested readings and resources, including books, articles, and reputable online resources.

About Instructor

Jerry Heying

Jerry Heying has more than 40 years of private security and personal protection experience. Beginning in 1977, Mr. Heying managed a security department of a high-rise building and entertainment facility in mid-town Manhattan that was active with international dignitaries and celebrities. He was a team member of a large high threat personal protection team for a private family for more than 8 years.

6 Courses

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Course Includes

  • 8 Lessons
  • 17 Topics
  • 3 Quizzes

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