Security expert: Churches need well-rounded safety plan

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
 | 
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.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Should people defy lockdown orders to attend a worship service?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue
Carolinas brace for storm surge, floods, as Isaias nears
Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge
Public ideas for Mississippi flag: Magnolias, stars, beer
3 Wyoming sightseeing balloons crash, as many as 20 injured

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on history classes: They ‘lead to a racist society’
Hey, blacks: Why follow an insane seditionist like Karl Marx?
Apparently, some black lives really don't matter
A madhouse we might consider ignoring
The policing crisis in New York City

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
IRD: Anglican Church stumbles as it caters to trans activists

Anglican Church coat of armsThe Church of England issued guidance last month to its clergy suggesting they be "creative and sensitive" as they affirm and celebrate transgender members with a public church service – but several hundred clergy members are pushing back.