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A Shooter in the House

A police officer's advice on how to prevent and react to a gunman at church.

Churches are notorious for minimal security. And while acts of violence at church are rare, recent shootings at churches and schools beg the question: What can leaders do to protect their people? Based on experience in the pulpit and on the police force, here are four steps you can take to reduce risk—and possibly save lives—at your church.

Step 1: Work with local police

Most police agencies have adopted an “active shooter” philosophy.

  • Designate one of your church leaders to meet with the police and review their strategy for responding to a shooting in your building.
  • Educate your congregation on your church’s policies for responding to an emergency, perhaps through a brochure or a segment of your new member’s class.
Step 2: Create a survey of your facility for police

Include in your overview:

  • Blueprints and photos (digital and hard-copy) of every room in the church to guide officers as they secure the church building

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  • June 2, 2016

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