Interviewing Applicants

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Hostile Surveillance Detection Training

Learn the terrorist planning cycle, what hostile surveillants look for, how hostile surveillance is conducted and what preventive security counter measures can be taken to identify hostile surveillance and prevent attacks. Description We know that ISIS has been operating in all 50 U.S. States and many other countries. We also know that terrorist organizations have […]

Policy for opening and closing faith-based facilities

These guidelines can be modified as you deem appropriate for your facility, however I recommend two people are present for each opening and closing since this is a most vulnerable time period for employees. This policy can also be applied for any facility. A few years ago, a local bank president was accosted by two […]

Texas church massacre a wake-up call for houses of worship

The sheer carnage of the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, with victims ranging in age from 18 months to 77 years, combined with the relatively small size of the church itself, may be enough to spur all faith-based organizations – churches, synagogues, mosques, etc. – to implement a comprehensive security […]

Terrorist Surveillance Detection for Houses of Worship

By Jim McGuffey, M.A., CPP, PSP, PCI In recent years, global viewers of website, have asked me to share security countermeasures to help prevent terrorist attacks on Houses of Worship (HOW) using Improvised Explosives Devices (IED). I decided due to emerging terrorist threats against places of worship, especially Christian Churches, I must respond now. […]

Emerging ISIS Threats on U.S. Christian Churches

ASIS International 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, Jim presenting on Strategies for Hardening Soft Targets for places of worship Sep. 13 2016.On Tuesday, September 13, I was a speaker at the ASIS International 62nd Seminar and Exhibits. My portion of the presentation with ASIS Cultural Properties Council addressed global emerging threats on Houses of Worship […]

ASIS leader Jim McGuffey Interviewed for Church Security Meeting in Bluffton, SC

From USAV 3’s website. Article by Ashleigh Holland Published: December 2, 2015, 10:40 pm You can find the video interview and original article here. It has been nearly six months since a gunman shot and killed nine church members in their Wednesday night Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Ever since that night, some Lowcountry churches have […]

Protecting Reputation

Most Houses of Worship leaders are concerned about the reputation of their organization but many do little to protect reputation. Reputation is an important asset and failing to protect it can result in disasters ranging from loss of confidence to financial ruin.

Protection For Our Young Parishioners

By Jim McGuffey, CPP, PSP, PCI   Protecting our most valuable assets is best done by increasing staff awareness of impending risk. It is important that Houses of Worship conduct a vulnerability analysis to ensure that the three security countermeasures that protect assets are in place and working effectively. These countermeasures/security strategies are people, policies […]