Should a church advertise the presence of their security team or go undercover? I see value both ways. Visible is a deterrent while undercover eliminates what could seem a heavy handed or suspect approach to a person of interest. What are peoples thoughts?
You are correct about having value in being public or being undercover. That is why you might consider doing both. The force continuum has several stages of responding to situations that might occur but I remember that the first step was simply presence. Being visible and present can be a valuable deterrent to potential crimes being conducted. Some will just move away from your house of worship and pick an easier target. Having people “undercover” also has value. The team that I led had both “visible” security and then any security team member that was there to worship checked in at the security desk, noted where they were sitting, carried their security lanyard and photo ID in their pocket, carried their concealed weapon and then strategically situated themselves throughout the auditorium for a quick and measured response. This is just one way to handle security and there, of course, other options that should be considered.