Project Description

Security Awareness Training for Places of Worship

Training

Security Awareness Training for Places of Worship

Training

Security for your Place of Worship

Recent terror attacks on religious places across Europe has prompted a focus on the vulnerability of places of worship and need for focused support and training. Places of worship are, by design, locations that are open and welcoming to all. However, the nature of these sites automatically inserts an inherent security vulnerability for the religious leaders and their worshippers. The SOAR Security Awareness Training have produced detailed training material that will be delivered by experts to ensure places of faith are secure and protected from hate crime & terror attacks.

The protective security training delivered by the SOAR programme will outline the risks your institution’s building and congregation may face, how to protect yourselves against them and how to react to minimise harm if they should occur, becoming more resilient in the process.

Course Details

The ‘Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities’ (SOAR) project are working in 7 pilot countries; France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Denmark and are supported by the European Commission.

We are working closely with Umbrella organisations, faith institutions, policymakers, local councils, law enforcement & security by design experts to provide our bespoke security advice and training to the leadership of 50+ institutions, ensuring they are prepared and aware of the potential security risks.

Our aim of this training is to ensure the Places of worship have the right security measures in place to protect the congregation, and the building itself, from harm & ensure people can worship without any fear.

There are several unique vulnerabilities that churches, synagogues, Mosques and other religious institutions share which make them a target for terrorists. Their very symbolism & open nature can unfortunately attract hate crimes. There are several other factors which increase their vulnerability to attack which this training will address:

  • Lack of visible security
  • Front doors remaining unlocked & unmanaged
  • Buildings left empty
  • Large crowds gathering, particularly during religious holidays and holy days
  • Meeting times which are well-publicised and available to all
  • Vulnerable congregations with children and the elderly
  • Some also function as tourist attractions, welcoming a wide variety of visitors.

To ensure the safety of their congregations, religious institutions need to have an integrated security plan including three main elements which this training will focus on in detail: prevention, preparation, and response.

Duration and Delivery

2 – 4 hours

Depending on scale and complexity of the facilities and governance infrastructure

Target Audience

  • Leadership
  • Staff
  • Volunteers

Outcomes

  • A general awareness of security needs in the institution.
  • A general review of facilities with a description of requirements.
  • A detailed understanding of incident prevention, preparation and response.
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