SECURITY FOR CHURCHES: PREVENTION FIRST
As God-loving Americans, the security and sanctity of our houses of worship are paramount to us. Yet, today we see these sacred places being defiled by acts of terror and criminal behavior. We need to secure our sacred places in a way that prevents dangerous persons from doing harm to our congregations and properties, yet remain open sanctuaries for those who seek God.
Israel’s reputation for security is legendary. Israelis are dedicated to free religious practice and committed to preventing hostile actions toward its houses of worship. Israel’s IMI Academy for Advanced Security & Anti-Terror Training is recognized as the world leader in research and development of the most sophisticated security methods. FORCE/IMI, a branch of this Academy, conducts this seminar in the US.
- To understand how the Israeli security model can be applied to one’s church
- To recognize how breakdowns in prevention led to attacks on churches
- To understand what steps need to be taken in order for churches to avoid becoming victims of an attack
Course Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will be able to achieve the following objectives in accordance with the training provided during the instructional period.
- Analyze videos of attacks and identify what security did right and wrong
- Recognize how rings of protection provide security to their facilities
- Identify suspicious indicators
- Understand the value of questioning techniques to screen for potential threats
- Realize the importance of a welcoming attitude and posture while assessing a possible threat
- Know how to prevent potential threats from entering the sanctuary
- Recognize the need to involve the congregation in reporting suspicious activities
- Understand why a congregation should be prepared for the event of an active threat
- Appreciate the need for written plans for overall church security
- Recognize the need for proper training in responding to a threat and weaponry used by a threat
- Defensive action (Krav Maga, the Israeli method)
- Safe and competent pistol shooting (Israeli shooting method)
- Legal need for Concealed Carry Permit
- Know why security team members must be screened
- Understand how to work with law enforcement in obtaining intelligence on potential threats and developing follow up procedures
Methodologies: This course employs lecture, discussion, demonstrations, practical and surprise exercises
Course Requirements: 100% Attendance. Successfully complete all practical exercises.
Students must bring with them:
- Notebook and pen/pencil
- Comfortable attire
Certification: FORCE/IMI Certification of Completion
Registration: For more information regarding specific course itinerary for location and other important details, go to: http://www.FORCEIMI.com.
Open Enrollment Contact and Instructor: Dr. George Gaines – GGaines@forceimi.com
Dr. Gaines is Director of Mobile Open Enrollment for FORCE/IMI. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and organizing training outside of our campus in SW Florida. Dr. Gaines is the lead instructor for this course.
His 50 years of teaching experience includes secondary, post-secondary, and adult education. As a USCCA Training Counselor, he has trained and certified over 100 instructors and hundreds of Concealed Carry students. His personal training includes Front Sight, Florida Firearms Academy, USCCA Headquarters, and IMI Florida Academy.
Dr. Gaines holds NRA Instructor Certifications in Pistol, Home Defense, Refuse to Be a Victim, and is a NRA Range Safety Officer and Chief Range Safety Officer. He is USCCA-Certified in Home Defense, Concealed Carry, Basic Pistol, and Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense. He is also certified to teach Concealed Carry classes by the North Carolina Department of Justice. He is an active member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Instructors, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, NRA and USCCA, and three area gun clubs. He holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.
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We are in compliance with the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
To protect our employees and students, Force IMI will be exercising CDC protocols to maintain healthy business operations. Our goal is to keep a healthy training environment both in the classroom and on the shooting range. We do so by applying CDC policies and practices for social distancing. Social distancing means avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters and performing routine environmental cleaning and disinfection). Please visit the CDC site for more information.