Church Security Bootcamp (4-Days)

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Course Mission:
The mission in providing “Inter-Faith Church Security & Intruder Response” training/consulting is based on: Matthew 10:16 (NJKV version)

– Persecutions Are Coming – “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Description:

Days #1 & #2Tactical Applications of the Pistol for Church Protectors
The first two days of this 4-day course will give each attendee the necessary training and capabilities to responsibly respond to a lethal threat. Simply asking for volunteers that have a CCW permit will expose your church as an organization to a significant amount of liability and may even result in the church’s insurance company refusing a claim or dropping your coverage. CCW training is VERY minimal at best and is intended for an individual to protect themselves or their immediate family/domicile. Expecting success with CCW training only in a crowded, chaotic environment is not at all realistic at best case scenario and borderline reckless/negligent in worse case scenario. This course is a 2-day course intended to provide the participant with a significant skill set to operate a weapon with one or both hands, preferred or non-preferred hand, standing, kneeling or modified prone, shooting on the move both forwards, backwards and laterally. The reason for this skill set that is presented is that represents the “real world” reality of a lethal force engagement and having these capabilities is a MUST if you expect a high degree of probability of success.

[Instructor’s] passion for the subject was obvious in his delivery. Fun, interesting class. I saw many things I could (and will) implement into our existing program! Good use of my time.
Paula WolfeSheffield Family Life Center

Synopsis:
This dynamic and life-changing course begins with classroom instruction that covers legal & liability issues and safety with a firearm. Classroom discussion includes the lawful and proper use of force supported by United States Supreme Court case precedents. Principles and tactics are applicable to team members who serve churches and religious organizations in an armed security capacity. The majority of our time involves physical training for developing tactically correct motor skills for deploying with your pistol in an emergency. These skill competencies include deploying your pistol, firing, and managing your gear while:

  • Using a stationary position of concealment/cover;
  • Moving forward and backward;
  • Moving laterally and at oblique angles;
  • Utilizing one or both hands from a variety of positions and fighting platforms.

Our building-block approach to training is appropriate for the person who is new to handling a firearm as well as the experienced individual who wants to take their skills and abilities to a new level. We focus on principles, tactics and techniques that will set you up for success in an armed encounter and we will teach you more than how to merely survive, but how to prevail and WIN in an armed encounter.

Topics Include:

  • Safety at Home, on the Range, and While Carrying Concealed in Public
  • The Principles of Marksmanship
  • Equipment Selection and Proper Gear Placement
  • Legal and Justifiable Use of Force
  • Winning Mindset and Stress Management
  • Loading, Unloading, and Reloading
  • Developing Natural Index Points
  • Communication and Working with a Partner
  • Verbal Challenges and Commands
  • Proper Draw Stroke and Proper Recovery to the Holster
  • Single and Multiple Threat Engagement
  • Shooting on the Move
  • Horizontal and Vertical Displacements
  • Immediate Action Drills and Clearing Malfunctions
  • Making Proper Decisions Under Duress
  • CQB – Close Quarters Battle
  • Prevailing in Low Light

Day #3 – Compliance & Control for Church Protectors
(For Church security personnel) – The 3rd day of this course will educate attendees that we a biblically, ethically and legally obligated to provide the safest worship environment for our visitors, members and staff. In doing so we do not want to compromise the environment of comfort, refuge and worship that we strive for. With that in mind, this course was designed to empower the “First Line” responders that serve on the church staff with the skills and application proficiency needed to de-escalate situations within the church walls that become physical in nature.

The desire of any church is to prevent a volatile situation from becoming physical, however when this is not possible it is very important that your staff be trained and equipped in a manner that allows them to de-escalate physical confrontations in a manner that is efficent, effective AND allows them the greatest opportunity to prevent injury to themselves or others. When possible if these physical confrontations can be defused in a manner that is “camera friendly” and this should be the objective.

In order to better understand this course, you will need to think as a builder. When dealing with physical conflict you must first have a foundation of skills and principles on which to build on. This is completed through situational training that has been designed to test you as a protector.

This course is physical in nature and participants should realize this prior to signing up for a course. Having said that the principles taught do not rely on strength and stamina as much as they do breathing, relaxation and proper understanding/application of the physics of confrontations between single or multiple adversaries.

Who should attend?

  • Church security/safety staff
  • Church leadership personnel that could become involved in a physical confrontation

Topics Covered:

  • Discussion on the foundation of compliance and control.
  • Discovering what “Breathing, relaxation, posture and movement” really are.
  • Will address the question “How strong do I have to be?”
  • The many uses of a “Simple” hand shake.
  • The use of “Soft” empty hand techniques for control
  • Applying restraint type of holds and providing controlled escort.
  • Defense against different weapons (Knifes, improvised tools…etc)
  • Working within the confined space of church or through a crowd.
  • Protecting one’s own equipment (Handgun, Tazers…etc.)

Bottom Line:
Using this knowledge, your staff can assist with reducing the possibility of negative publicity, about your Church through improper use of force in handling a conflict. Additionally your chuch can manage liability exposure by training your staff effectively. Also seeing how everyone seems to have a video camera now, this should diminish the possibility of an individual from receiving their “15 minutes of Fame” from such an incident after it happens.

We believe in treating everyone respectfully and as adult learners. Our coaches participate in the learning process and we use a building block approach to solidify skills before moving toward more advanced concepts. We believe in the training principle of “Capability breeds Humility!”In other words we believe that in achieving a higher capability of skills through effective training the participant has the ability to maintain a higher level of relative calm under duress that real world situations present. Instead of operating from a “fear based” approach the capable operator can now operate from a position of confidence, thus quicker, better decisions are made and motor skill deployment is improved significantly.

Day #4 – Intruder Awareness/Response for Church Personnel
Most churches do not require full-time pastoral protection; however, there are frequently times where situational protection is needed for pastors, church leaders and the speaker platform within the sanctuary.

This course is designed to provide a church security team with capabilities related to protecting not only church leadership but also the immediate family of church leadership as well. The training will allow a church security team to evaluate whether a pastoral protection aspect is needed in a full –time or situational as needed basis. This is accomplished through risk assessment and, if protection is needed, determining whether or not the protection is needed on a situational or seasonal basis. The training provided includes stationary / platform worship protection principles and mobile speaking / mission trip protection principles.

Who Should Attend?

  • Church leaders (pastors, security / safety directors)
  • Church security / safety personnel

Logistics for 2-Day Firearms:
Make sure you have the necessary equipment listed for training. Backup firearms are recommended in case of failure or breakage. We cannot guarantee that a “loaner” firearm will be available. If you do not own a pistol or revolver, you may contact us in advance and we may be able to make arrangements to provide one for your training.

Holster:
You must use a secure and well-fitting holster that retains your primary firearm near your dominant hip. “Secure” means that your pistol must not come out of the holster accidentally. Other types of holsters such as cross-draw, shoulder, ankle, belly-band, purse or fanny pack models are not acceptable.

Ammunition:
Minimum 750 rounds factory ammunition for primary handgun

IMPORTANT NOTE: Ammunition is hard to obtain from most suppliers. Make arrangements for gaining the ammunition you need well in advance!

Gear:

  • A minimum of 3 magazines or speed loaders for your primary firearm
  • Holster or pouch for spare magazines or speed loaders
  • Hearing protection
  • Wraparound eye protection – prescription glasses are acceptable
  • Ball cap or cap with brim
  • Jacket, vest, or heavy shirt to conceal your pistol
  • Hydration source
  • Clothing and footwear suitable for all weather conditions
  • Range bag or duffel that allows you to bring all gear to the line with you
  • Cleaning rods and brushes in the correct caliber for your pistols

Logistics for 1-Day Compliance & Control:

  • Holster
  • Handcuffs if you carry them
  • Groin Protection if desired
  • Mouth piece if desired
  • Clothing suitable for Mat Work
  • Knee-Pads
  • Liquids

Logistics for 1-Day Intruder Awareness/Response for Church Personnel:

  • Holster
  • Groin Protection if desired
  • Liquids