The Importance of Pre-Planned Responses.

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The recent tragic, deadly shooting in a Cincinnati bank building is a poignant reminder of the need to consider the use of cover and concealment when confronting an active killer.  In a newly posted article on the subject, Larry McVay, a retired FBI agent and FSN Board Member, highlights the need for situational awareness of cover and concealment when engaging an active threat.  Video of the brief engagement of the unflinching, textbook response of Cincinnati police officers underscores the critical importance of tactical training and pre-planned responses. Watch the video here
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Supporting the Vision of a Safer Colorado Faith Community

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Just over six months ago, Faith Safety Network launched its unique website to begin serving the Colorado faith community with free safety and security information as well as the FSN Alert System.  The response to both has been extremely positive.  Yet, there's more to be done to protect houses of worship in the increasingly threatening environment we face today. To that end, our next goal is to launch the FSN Training Academy to provide relevant, in-depth training on key topics involving safety and security, such as identifying pre-attack indicators, security team legal liability, insurance pitfalls, and child-safety best practices, among others.   Course content from FSN seminars would be uploaded to our website for churches across Colorado to access, free of charge. Our goal has been to keep FSN resources…
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The Importance of Vigilance

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Some of you will remember that in 1961, after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to Cuba’s request to place nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter a future U.S. invasion attempt. Publicly, the USSR denied any presence or buildup of these missiles in Cuba. A disbelieving President Kennedy, in October of 1962, ordered an Air Force U-2 spy plane to fly over Cuba and take photographs to prove them wrong. The presence of medium- and long-range ballistic missiles was confirmed. In response, the United States announced it would not allow offensive weapons to be delivered to Cuba and missiles already in place had to be dismantled and returned to the Soviet Union. The Soviet government blinked, ending a tense, 13-day standoff. It was U.S. vigilance…
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New Alert Programs for Arapahoe County

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The age of technology is changing the way we connect with law enforcement, and while that is nothing new, you may be unaware of a new initiative spearheaded by Arapahoe County. ArapAlert is a new portal that allows community members to subscribe to an emergency mailing list called CodeRED Community Notification System. This allows law enforcement to email subscribers about important and critical information ranging from severe weather reports, police activities, and missing persons. Instead of waiting for news from your local news channel, information is sent directly to you. It is the ideal reverse 911. The new program allows for agencies to call, text, or email multiple individuals and/or businesses to warn them of dangerous suspects, floods, chemical spills, or fires. ArapAlert pulls contact information from two different sources:…
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FBI Data Reveals Increasing Armed Citizen Response to Active Shooters

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In a May 25, 2018, article in National Review, David French reviews a recent FBI report on active shooters showing that an increasing number were thwarted or lessened by an armed citizen (links below).  There's no escaping the sad fact we're facing a disturbing trend of active shootings in this country.  But, encouragingly, as French notes, armed citizens are part of the solution, not the problem. There were 50 active-shootings in 2016 and 2017 (i.e., one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area).  These incidents resulted in 221 people killed and 943 casualties.  These numbers are up significantly from an annual average of 11.4 incidents between 2000 and 2013. Interestingly, the number that also increased was interventions by an armed citizen…
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FSN Alert System Updates

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Since the launch of Faith Safety Network's website last December, we have been working to implement FSN's Alert System. We wanted to update you on our progress. We are operational. Fortunately, there has not been a need to send out an alert, but we are prepared to do so should the need arise. FSN Alerts are designed to provide timely, pertinent information about incidents or suspicious activity that has occurred at a church or other religious venue in Colorado. Information provided to us will be vetted and shared with appropriate law enforcement entities prior to it being disseminated to the FSN Alert member list. We have met with key law-enforcement officials about the FSN Alert System and have received encouraging support and feedback. We will also be receiving information from law enforcement that, when appropriate, will…
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Welcome to the Faith Safety Network

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It’s with much excitement that I announce the launch of the Faith Safety Network (FSN).  This unique, nonprofit collaborative has been in the works for many months, being built by an experienced slate of contributors, safety experts, and board members.  Our shared goal is to serve the entire Colorado faith community that contributes so much to our state. FSN seeks to be a go-to source for free, valuable safety and security information for churches and other houses of worship.  Whether your place of worship is starting a safety or security team, or interested in upgrading an existing program, we are ready to help with pertinent and practical website content. Our plan is to update the website, designed to be user friendly – no log in is required.  We will also…
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