DAYS #1 & #2 – Tactical Applications of Pistol for Church Protectors
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.
- 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
DAY #3 – Intruder Awareness Response for Church Personnel
(Ushers, Greeters, Service Personnel, Parking Personnel, Staff and Leadership)
This course will educate your church security, ushers, greeters and parking attendants on recognizing behavioral pre-cursors to suspicious behavior. Knowing the body language is many times a PRIOR indicator to behavioral intentions or acts, an overview of suspicious behavior or pre-cursors to watch for is reviewed. This course also discusses the behavioral indicators of armed individuals whether they are lawfully armed or unlawfully armed. Summarized this section will instill a mindset of “SEE Something . . . SAY Something” for those that attend.
A review of statistics and trends of crimes against churches since 2007 will be reviewed. Additionally the justification of safety & security within the church complete with biblical authority is reviewed and discussed. A review of several in progress crimes against persons at churches and church events for lessons learned and historical trends are covered as well.
A discussion and practical training block on “the art of the handshake” and the “technique” of the handshake will be discussed and demonstrated. Discussion and demonstration on distance and closing strategies for those approaching and evaluating armed individuals in a welcoming and hospitable manner so that the church mission is not compromised and even enhanced will be discussed and demonstrated as well.
Additionally this course provides strategies to DE-escalating conflict from a verbal point of view and covers what phrases and language to avoid to prevent conflict in a verbal nature from escalating. Included with this course is an overview of lockdown procedures for both “THREAT INSIDE” and “THREAT OUTSIDE” lockdown of a church facility as well as protocols for response for what to do when “lockdown fails”. Practical exercises of all of the above can be included and customized based on timeline availability as well.
- History & demographics of church violence & church shootings
- Importance of “Awareness” in relation to prevention & mitigation
- Biblical authority for church safety & security
- Church lockdown protocols & principles
- Lockdown failure response protocols
- Awareness Priority Matrix for the Campus & the Sanctuary
- Educating ushers, greeters & other first line reception personnel
- Recognizing traits of suspicious behavior
- Recognizing traits of armed individuals
- Approaching suspicious or armed individuals
- Verbal conflict management & de-escalation
- Phenomenon of “Normalcy Bias”