Church Safety and Security: A Practical Guide

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CSS Publishing, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 152 pages
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The church has always been regarded as a safe haven - a spiritual sanctuary where people can come to worship God free from worries about violence or unethical behavior by those involved in church ministry. But our culture is changing, and church leaders can no longer assume that it won't happen in my church. Like the rest of society, churches need to ensure the safety and security of their facility, staff, and worshipers. This book provides a wealth of practical information on preparing for and responding to the challenges of a dangerous world. Robert Cirtin draws on more than two decades of law enforcement and investigative experience, and with his team of professionals outlines a how-to approach full of specific proactive steps churches can take to protect themselves and reduce the risk of costly lawsuits. Church Safety And Security is a must-have resource for anyone participating in or preparing for church leadership. Topics covered include: * Utilizing background screening to protect your congregation. * Safety and security issues for church-run preschool and day care programs. * Preparing for and responding to medical emergencies. * How to deal with issues pertaining to child abuse. * Legally mandated responsibilities of church staff members. * How to utilize security/surveillance cameras in the church facility. * Organizing a church security officer program. * Effectively coping with intruders. * Responding to violent acts when they occur. * How to conduct a thorough investigation. If you are a pastor, associate pastor, preschool director, church school principal, deacon, elder, vestryperson, or denominational leader - read this book, then read it again Make it required reading for every leader in your church. Protect your congregation, your property, and your reputation in the community by doing all you can do to hire the right employees, to prevent physical and sexual misconduct for which your church may be liable, and to reduce the legal and financial impacts of such misconduct. This book will teach you what to look for, and how to take action today to protect the people God has given you to shepherd. Tim Duncan Associate Pastor, Anglican Church of the Resurrection St. Louis, Missouri Church Safety and Security: A Practical Guide is a valuable resource. Bob Cirtin has the unusual but important background mixture of service in full-time church ministry as well as being a certified officer of the law and an expert investigator. He has personal experience with every source of danger for the local church and has developed effective safeguards and defenses. His strategies are clear, simple, easy to implement, and will protect any congregation in the event of an unfortunate occurrence. This book is a must for every church office and library Terry Raburn Superintendent, Peninsular Florida District Council Assemblies of God This is a book written for our changing times, when the security of our churches must become a priority. Written by professionals who have a strong Christian influence in their lives, this book is a great tool for the security program of your church. Jack L. Merritt Sheriff, Greene County, Missouri Retired Capt., Missouri State Highway Patrol Robert M. Cirtin is an assistant professor and director of the criminal justice program at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. He is also the president of Robert Cirtin Investigations, a company providing investigative and consulting services to churches, businesses, and government agencies. A former police officer and Missouri state investigator who has also served in full-time ministry, Cirtin is a frequent guest lecturer on a variety of safety and security topics. He is a graduate of Central Bible College and Lincoln University.
 

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Contents

Protect Your Congregation By Using Background Screening
11
Threats Of Violence And The Church A Modern Perspective
29
Issues Relating To Child Physical And Sexual Abuse And Child Neglect
43
Safety And Security Issues For The Churchowned Day Care Preschool And Christian School
69
Responding To Medical Emergencies
85
Establishing A Church Security Officer Program
101
Enhancing Church Safety And Security Utilizing SurveillanceSecurity Cameras
117
How To Conduct A Proper Investigation
127
Endorsements
149
About The Authors
151
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Cirtin is an assistant professor and director of the criminal justice program at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. He is a graduate of Central Bible College and Lincoln University.

Dennis K. Lewis has over 27 years of experience in working to provide safe schools and communities. He is currently the director of school public safety for an urban/suburban school district with 25,000 students and 3,000 employees. He has held various offices for the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO) and is the past president of that organization. In addition, he is a member in good standing with the American Society for Industrial Security, a certified peace officer, and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Judy M. Brunner and Lewis currently author a monthly column in Principal Leadership entitled "Safety Tips for Principals." Additionally, their method of training school staff and crisis management teams for responding to classroom and school emergencies by problem solving events through the use of tabletop exercises has been featured in a variety of national publications. Both Brunner and Lewis are widely respected in the field of school safety.

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