Security expert: Churches need well-rounded safety plan

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

children praying in churchChurches that want to beef up safety precautions to protect parishioners need a comprehensive and customized plan, says a security expert.

Mike Gurley, a retired Dallas police officer, operates state-licensed security company Teamworks Consulting, Inc. and consults churches all across Texas.  He tells OneNewsNow he is staying busy.

"Probably background checks and arming volunteers are the big things right now," he tells OneNewsNow.

Conducting background checks is a basic place to begin, he says, but they don't catch everything, including catching a potential pedophile lurking among the pews.

Concealed carry"Ninety-plus percent of pedophiles are never in the criminal justice system and 85 percent of victims never report the crime," the security expert advises.  "So it's only going to catch a small, small percentage of those."

Many churches express concern over an active-shooter situation, and how to train to confront it, but Gurley advises that also falls short of thorough planning for keeping the congregation safe.

"The most likely negative impact on church is weather," he tells OneNewsNow. "That's much more likely to occur than an active shooter."

The bottom line, explains Gurley, is there is no "silver bullet" for church safety but a combination of lots of "small things" that together keep people safe.

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